German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces an uphill battle in next year’s general election after a dreadful showing for one of her key allies in the Bavarian state ballot. The regional ruling CSU party scored a disappointing 43%. Merkel’s CDU alway relies on its Bavarian partners for its electoral success.
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor: “Apparently the CSU did not succeed in gaining people’s trust, in strengthening people’s trust in an absolute majority, that means in a government formed only by the CSU. If we look into the future for us that means that, regarding the parliamentary election, first and foremost we have to deal with the subjects of the economy, work, education and integration. The CDU and CSU will discuss these matters together.”
Bavaria, home to numerous business powerhouses, is certainly suffering the growing pains of globalisation. The CSU blames the general economic trend for its dismal performance.