The Merkel Stain Chancellor Unwelcome in Upcoming Campaigns

Chancellor Angela Merkel may still be the most popular politician in Germany. But with state elections looming this year in eastern Germany, she is not a welcome guest on the campaign trail. She remains persona non grata in the east.
An anti-Merkel protest in Dresden last August. "Merkel must go!" reads the sign.

An anti-Merkel protest in Dresden last August. "Merkel must go!" reads the sign.

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Graphic: CDU election results in three eastern German states over time

Graphic: CDU election results in three eastern German states over time

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Merkel at an appearance earlier this month in Templin, just north of Berlin.

Merkel at an appearance earlier this month in Templin, just north of Berlin.

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