The World from Berlin 'Germany's Social Democrats Are Back'

The center-left SPD is brimming with confidence after Sunday's election victory in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Observers ponder if the party, which suffered a humiliating defeat in the 2009 German general election, is ready for a comeback on the national level.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Governor Erwin Sellering celebrates reelection with the state's social minister, Manuela Schwesig, in Berlin on Monday.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Governor Erwin Sellering celebrates reelection with the state's social minister, Manuela Schwesig, in Berlin on Monday.

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Photo Gallery: Election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

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-- David Gordon Smith