Opinion What Chancellor Merkel Learned from Sunday's Elections

The Greens scored big in Baden-Württemberg, a German state that had been governed by the conservative Christian Democrats for 58 years. The biggest loser could be Chancellor Merkel, whose recent missteps contributed to the debacle. Nevertheless, her power remains stabile -- and she now knows what she must do to get re-elected in two years.
Angela Merkel called the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster a "turning point." The catastrophe also marks a shift for the German chancellor -- into a tougher political situation.

Angela Merkel called the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster a "turning point." The catastrophe also marks a shift for the German chancellor -- into a tougher political situation.

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