Opinion Merkel's Nightmare

Things couldn't be going worse for Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats. The slim center-left victory in Lower Saxony bodes poorly for the conservative coalition in federal elections this autumn. Now the fight for the Chancellery will get more brutal than the incumbent German leader had imagined.
Chancellor Merkel will have to fight harder to keep her job than she had hoped.

Chancellor Merkel will have to fight harder to keep her job than she had hoped.

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Photo Gallery: A Nail-Biting Night in Hanover
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Photo Gallery: A Nail-Biting Night in Hanover

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