Merkel's CDU wins state elections in Saarland

Per The Hill, Merkel largely ignored the invoice though it certainly seems to have accomplished it's goal of ruffling some feathers.

Sunday's outcome showed "we shouldn't worry permanently about polls".

The 35-year-old daughter of the US Republican president - who was managing her own company before moving with her family to Washington to advise her father - has an office at the White House although she is not a government employee. "I'm simply happy about the result, and that's what counts".

"The CDU has demonstrated an outstanding result with 40.7 percent of votes with a significant growth in turnout when compared with the previous election in the Landtag (State Diet) and with a growth in support numbers", Merkel said. "We'll be analyzing all the pros and contras of our campaign for (the upcoming elections in) Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia". The US, on the other hand, contributes 3.6% - nearly double the requirement.

Saarland, a mainly Catholic state bordering Luxembourg and France, has sought to transform itself into a magnet for hi-tech industry after the decline of coal mining.

In the past several months, some opinion polls have constantly showed Schulz will have the edge over his major competitor Merkel in the coming federal election.

Pre-election polls had suggested a significantly tighter race and indicated that the Social Democrats might be able to form a new left-wing coalition in Saarland.

While a similar national alliance adding another left-leaning party might be Mr Schulz's best hope of becoming chancellor, the prospect may also have turned off Saarland voters. They might become the third largest party in the general election. They have left the possibility open this time, but any combination would be complicated by foreign policy differences, including the Left Party's opposition to military missions overseas.

"The SPD's statements about a possible coalition with the Left Party were too imprecise to get people fired up, but enough to be used to create fear", Kipping said and insisted that issues of social equity would eventually favor parties on the left of the political spectrum.

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Merkel accused the Social Democrats of being "stuck in the past", agonizing over unpopular labor-market reforms they introduced over a decade ago.

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