Letter From Berlin 'Knife-Edge' State Election Could Curb Merkel's Power

An election on May 9 in Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, could transform the country's political landscape and weaken Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservative Christian Democrats have been hit by revelations of funding irregularities.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
The governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, Jürgen Rüttgers, is fighting to hold onto power.

The governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, Jürgen Rüttgers, is fighting to hold onto power.

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