Merkel’s conservatives win Saarland vote in boost for national campaign

Ralph Orlowski

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Paul Carrel and Hakan Erdem

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives won a regional election in the western state of Saarland on Sunday, dealing a setback to their Social Democrat rivals and boosting her prospects of winning a fourth term in September’s national election.

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Germany’s ‘man of the streets’ Schulz plots path to defeat Merkel

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Paul Carrel and Holger Hansen

His only experience of governing in Germany is as a town mayor. She is Europe’s most powerful leader. Yet Martin Schulz wants to end Angela Merkel’s 11-year run as chancellor and fundamentally shift Germany’s role in Europe. He might just pull it off.

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