Trouble Looms For Merkel North Rhine-Westphalia Faces Snap Election

The government of North Rhine-Westphalia has lost a key budget vote, a development that is expected to trigger an early election in Germany's most populous state. The vote could rock Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right coalition by further weakening her junior coalition partner, the Free Democrats.
State governor Hannelore Kraft has pledged to call an early election in response to a budget defeat in parliament.

State governor Hannelore Kraft has pledged to call an early election in response to a budget defeat in parliament.

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cro -- with wire reports