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.
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....
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.
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.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was forced to size up her election-year strategy Monday after a bitter defeat to the centre-left opposition in a cliffhanger state poll. In one of the tightest state races in recent memory, the Social Democrats and the Greens Sunday eked out a one-seat majority in Lower Saxony over the incumbent coalition of Merkel's Christian Democrats with the Free Democrats.
In what is a surprising warning shot for Merkel's popularity ahead of the September general election in Germany, moments ago the CDU/FDP ruling coalition lost the vote in Lower Saxony to the center-left Social Democratic Party/Greens block by a last minute, one-seat win according to Reuters.