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Merkel admits election loss 'painful'

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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.