German Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted her party’s poor performance in regional elections is painful and will take a long time to get over.
The frank assessment came after the Christian Democrats lost their majority in Baden-Wuerttemberg to the Greens, a state they have controlled for nearly 60 years.
“We lost our majority there and that’s painful. It’s a deep wound in the history of Baden-Wuerttemberg and also in the history of the CDU. The pain from this loss won’t go away in just one day. We’ll have to work for a long time to overcome the pain from this defeat, together with our friends in Baden-Wuerttemberg,” Merkel says.
The issue of nuclear power following the events in Japan is thought to have played a major factor in the result.