Coalition Voted Out in Schleswig-Holstein Merkel's Party Suffers Setback in Regional Election

Sunday's election in Schleswig-Holstein didn't go well for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, whose coalition with the pro-business Free Democratic Party was voted out of office in the small German state. A center-left alliance may now succeed it. But Merkel will be relieved by the stronger-than-expected result for the ailing FDP.
Angela Merkel during a visit to the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein in March. Behind her is the state's conservative candidate, Jost de Jager.

Angela Merkel during a visit to the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein in March. Behind her is the state's conservative candidate, Jost de Jager.

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cro -- with wire reports