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Far-right AfD deals setback to Merkel's CDU in German state vote

Far-right AfD deals setback to Merkel's CDU in German state voteThe far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) beat Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives into third place in Sunday’s regional election in the eastern state of Thuringia, in which the incumbent far-left Linke came first, an exit poll showed. The result follows the AfD’s successes in the eastern states of Saxony and Brandenburg, where it surged into second place in Sept. 1 elections, and marks a setback from Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU).



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Merkel's Bavarian allies elect new head, ushering in new era

Merkel's Bavarian allies elect new head, ushering in new eraBERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies elected a new leader Saturday, a change that offers Germany's center-right a chance to move past their persistent bickering over recent years.



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Merkel's government frays as migrant row festers in Germany

Merkel's government frays as migrant row festers in GermanyBy Gernot Heller and Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance may splinter in a row over immigration, an ally of the German chancellor said on Friday, as the third party in her fragile government suggested its patience was wearing thin. The dispute between Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) sister party threatens the future of her coalition three months after it took office, just as European divisions over migrants are causing rifts between EU partners. “I believe (Merkel) will try to the very end to find unity in the matter,” said CDU home affairs spokesman Mathias Middelberg.



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Spend on defense, Merkel's allies say, widening gap with SPD

Spend on defense, Merkel's allies say, widening gap with SPDChancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian sister party (CSU) has proposed increasing Germany’s defense spending to a level that widens a policy gap with the Social Democrats (SPD) ahead of talks on forming a governing coalition. A deal between Merkel’s conservative camp and the center-left (SPD) is her best chance of securing a fourth term in office but her possible coalition partners are angling for concessions before talks start in the new year. The CSU said in a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Friday it wanted defense spending to reach NATO’s target of 2 percent of national output and more money spent on the military, drones and transportation infrastructure.



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Merkel's party bags key victory in bellwether state vote

Merkel's party bags key victory in bellwether state voteDüsseldorf (Germany) (AFP) – Chancellor Angela Merkel dealt a devastating blow to her main rival on Sunday, four months before national elections, when early results showed her party securing a strong win in a regional vote in Germany’s biggest state. The SPD only managed to garner 30.6 percent, its worst score in history in the state and sharply down from its 2012 showing of 39.1 percent, in a serious hit to confidence ahead of general elections in September.



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