North Rhine-Westfailing State Election Loss Has Merkel Challenger on the Ropes

The state election on Sunday in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, was supposed to give Martin Schulz's chancellor candidacy a needed boost. But his party, the Social Democrats, lost to Merkel's CDU. The road ahead looks bumpy.
SPD chancellor candidate Martin Schulz in Berlin on Sunday evening

SPD chancellor candidate Martin Schulz in Berlin on Sunday evening

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