Merkel's Less than Super Sunday For Chancellor, Torturous Months Lie Ahead

German Chancellor Angela Merkel can't be pleased about François Hollande's election victory, but it will at least be bearable for her. The newfound self-confidence of her junior coalition partner, the FDP, which scored a surprise success in the state election of Schleswig-Holstein on Sunday, poses a greater threat to the chancellor.
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Roland Nelles is SPIEGEL ONLINE's Berlin bureau chief and heads the Politics Desk.