AP - Germany's most populous state votes Sunday in the first electoral test for Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government, which hopes to avoid a setback that could make running Europe's biggest economy harder.
The BBC reports New election blow for Germany's Merkel
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have suffered heavy losses in an election in Germany's most populous state, exit polls suggest.
Support for the Christian Democrats dropped from 35% to 26% in North Rhine-Westphalia, with the Social Democrats set to return to power with the Greens.
It is the Christian Democrats' worst result in the state.
BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel risks losing her majority in the upper house of parliament as Germany's most populous state votes Sunday in an election that has loomed over efforts to tackle the Greek debt crisis....
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s election district is perched on a sea of oil that was once top secret and now promises a 13.5 billion-euro ($18 billion) windfall for one of Germany’s poorest states, according to the company drilling test wells.
AP - As Europe looks to Germany for guidance in the Greek debt crisis, Chancellor Angela Merkel's government risks a painful reverse at home in a state election this weekend that could make the country harder to govern.
The single most important issue for Europe today remains Germany on both an economic and political front. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has walked a tightrope over the last few years of keeping the EU together without infuriating the German populace to the point of having to abandon ship.
Berlin (AFP) - EU parliament president Martin Schulz, on Wednesday accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of "irresponsible speculation" over suggestions that Greece may be allowed to exit the euro if the far-left wins elections this month.
German politics will become more interesting starting this weekend. On Sunday, the largest state in the former East Germany, Saxony will hold its local election. The key issue is how does the anti-euro Alternative for Germany (AfD) do.