German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech during an event of the Federation of German Wholesalers and Retailers (BGA) in Berlin, Germany, October 15, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
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The Christian Social Union, the sister party of Merkel's own Christian Democrats (CDU), slumped to its worst result in almost 70 years in Sunday's election in Bavaria.CSU leader Horst Seehofer, who is also interior minister in Merkel's loveless coalition, had hoped his anti-immigration rhetoric and criticism of Merkel's liberal asylum policies would help his party fend off a threat from the far-right in Bavaria.Merkel said the CSU had lost its absolute majority in the Bavarian Parliament even though the regional economy was doing well.SPD leader Andrea Nahles blamed her party's losses in Bavaria on infighting at national level between the CDU and CSU.The state is ruled by Merkel's CDU in a coalition with the Greens and a slump in support for the conservatives there would almost certainly further weaken the chancellor's authority.This could change if the CDU loses Hesse to an SPD-Greens coalition.
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