Angela Merkel celebrates German election win, challenger deflated
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday celebrated an encouraging win for her conservatives in a state election, declaring that her party has "every chance" in upcoming votes. Her center-left challenger in Germany's national election later this year vowed not to be put off his stride by a deflating result.
Merkel's Christian Democrats easily beat challenger Martin Schulz's center-left Social Democrats in Saarland state on Sunday. A much tighter race had been expected after the Social Democrats were boosted in polls by nominating Schulz, a former European Parliament president but a newcomer to national politics, in January.
A satisfied Merkel, who has largely ignored Schulz so far, brushed off a question about the "Schulz effect."(Excerpt) Read more at: hosted.ap.org ...
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