Bitter setback for Merkel months before German election

Source: TOI

BERLIN: In an extremely tight German state election that seemed to produce few clearcut winners, there was no argument over who the biggest loser was — Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Her Christian Democrats (CDU), led in Lower Saxony by rising star David McAllister, had convinced themselves over the past week that they were on the verge of a stunning come-from-behind victory in the northwestern state, a major agricultural and industrial region that is Germany’s closest approximation to a U.S.-style swing state.

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