State Elections

Merkel Loses Her Midas Touch

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) wird am 28.08.2016 auf einer Empore des Elisabeth-Lüders-Hauses in Berlin von ARD-Moderatoren befragt. Foto: Rainer Jensen/dpa (Wiederholung mit verändertem Ausschnitt) +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Merkel, no longer the CDU's trump card?
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    • The election outcome this weekend in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and in Berlin on September 18 will be a barometer of sorts about what might happen in Germany’s general election in fall 2017.
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    • Local issues in election campaigns in states such as Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are taking a back seat to the refugee crisis.
    • Ms. Merkel will be attending the G20 summit in China when the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania elections are held on September 4.
    • Various political parties including the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany group are jockeying for position in anticipation of the 2017 national election.
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Angela Merkel’s upcoming schedule is a boon of sorts.

On Saturday, Germany’s chancellor will board a plane bound for China where she’ll attend a G20 meeting of leaders representing the world’s top 20 economies.

A day later, back in Germany, Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union will be headed for a resounding defeat in the northern eastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, if opinion polls are correct.

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