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German state elections ruffle feathers


German state elections ruffle feathers

State election results in Germany are smoothing some political feathers and ruffling others.

The victorious centre-right candidate in elections in the state of Schleswig-Holstein says he hopes the party will do equally as well in a state poll planned for North Rhine-Westphalia next week.

Daniel Guenther spoke to reporters after a successful poll for the CDU in the northern state on Sunday.

What happened?

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives won a decisive victory over their Social Democrat (SPD) rivals in a vote in Schleswig-Holstein on Sunday.

Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) fetched 32 percent of the vote in the state.

That is up from 30.8 percent in the last election in 2012.

The SPD won 27 percent, down from 30.4 percent last time around.

Why is this important?

Analysts say it is a good prediction of Merkel’s chances of winning the German national election in September.

What have the SPD said?

Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz is urging his party to stand firm in the wake of Sunday’s defeat.

Schulz gave the SPD a big boost when he took over in January, having left his job as president of the European Parliament.

However, the party is now struggling with falling poll ratings.