Merkel party suffers heavy losses in German state polls

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives suffered heavy losses in two key regional elections yesterday, as voters punished the party for a series of pandemic setbacks and a mask procurement scandal.

Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) was headed for its worst-ever score in the southwestern states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, according to estimates from public broadcasters ARD and ZDF.

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