Election setback for Merkel

Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkels conservatives have urged their leader to raise her game after a poll setback just a few weeks before the country’s general election.

In three state ballots yesterday the Christian Democrats suffered a slump in support.
It’s given new hope to the Social Democrats, the junior party in Germany’s left-right coalition, but also the CDU’s main election rivals.

“It’s a good Sunday, a good electoral night for the SDP, with dramatic losses for the CDU” He added it was clear the country was against a government involving the conservatives and their preferred coalition partner the liberals.”

The conservatives saw their vote drop by ten percent in two the weekends state votes. Senior party figures are now worried they may suffer a widespread slump in support as they did in the final weeks of the 2002 and 2005 campaigns.

The CDU still has a strong lead in the polls but Merkel’s colleagues want her to mount a more aggressive campaign. The Chancellor has so far kept a very low profile and focused on avoiding mistakes.


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