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Merkel dealt 'heavy blow' in German vote - Europe - Al Jazeera English

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have suffered a crushing defeat in an election in Germany's most populous state, exit polls showed, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up attacks on her European austerity policies.

The election on Sunday in North Rhine-Westphalia, a western German state with a bigger population than the Netherlands and an economy the size of Turkey, was held 18 months before a national election in which Merkel is expected to fight for a third term.

About 13.2 million people - more than a fifth of Germany's electorate - were eligible to vote in the legislative election in the state which includes Cologne, Duesseldorf and the industrial Ruhr region.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun May 13th, 2012 at 12:29:28 PM EST

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