The World From Berlin 'It's Going to Get Harder for Merkel'

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been weakened by the humiliating election defeat of her conservatives in the large state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday. German media commentators say she will face a harder time securing backing for her austerity policy at home, at a time when resistance to it is building across Europe.
Chancellor Angela Merkel next to Norbert Röttgen, who suffered a crushing defeat in his bid to become governor of North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel next to Norbert Röttgen, who suffered a crushing defeat in his bid to become governor of North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday.

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Photo Gallery: Merkel's Conservatives Suffer State Vote Setback
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Photo Gallery: Merkel's Conservatives Suffer State Vote Setback

-- David Crossland and Jess Smee