Greens clobber Merkel in German regional election

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats will lose control of Germany’s most prosperous state to the centre-left opposition in a major upset to her centre-right government, according to TV exit polls.

In Baden-Wuerttemberg state, the Greens and Social Democrats (SPD) looked set to win a combined 48.5 percent in an election on Sunday where Japan’s nuclear disaster played a major role

The Christian Democrats have ruled that state for 58 uninterrupted years. This is a crushing defeat for them.

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