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Mike's minion: Merkel's CDU Gets Worst Post-War Result as Greece Derails Vote

With Merkel's Christian Democrats unexpectedly beaten into second place in a state election in North Rhine-Westphalia, the way is open for the opposition Social Democrats to take control of the state government in Dusseldorf, television projections showed. If confirmed, that would rob Merkel of her majority in the upper chamber, the Bundesrat, undermining her ability to cut taxes and extend the lifespan of nuclear-power plants.

Officials in Merkel's CDU blamed the party's showing on German loans for Greece of as much as 22.4 billion euros ($28.8 billion) passed by parliament on May 7 in the face of public opposition. Merkel was criticized at home and abroad for first refusing to rush to aid Greece, then pressing lawmakers to back Germany's contribution to a 110 billion-euro lifeline....

Hermann Groehe, general secretary of Merkel's party, in a ZDF television interview, attributed the loss in North Rhine- Westphalia to "concerns over the stability of the euro and the situation in Greece." The state's defeated CDU prime minister, Juergen Ruettgers, also blamed Greece for the results.

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by Cat on Sun May 9th, 2010 at 06:34:29 PM EST

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