CDU losses at start of German election year should be 'wake-up call'

A senior official of Germany’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) said on Monday that the heavy losses it suffered in two key regional elections the day before should act as a “wake-up call” ahead of a national poll later this year. Former CDU environment minister Norbert Roettgen told the Rheinische Post newspaper that the party had to unify to counteract voters’ anger over pandemic setbacks and a face-mask procurement scandal. It must be demonstrated to the public quickly and reliably “that vaccination and testing are part of [the CDU’s] strategy to combat the pandemic,” he said. On Sund…

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