German liberals coy on kingmaker potential after state vote success

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s liberal Free Democrats, emboldened by gains in a regional vote on Sunday, would not be drawn on Monday on their potential as kingmaker in a national government after federal elections in September. Germany holds federal elections in September and, with Chancellor Angela Merkel not seeking re-election after 16 years in office, her party suffered historic defeats in twin regional votes on Sunday, already missing the “Merkel bonus” she has brought it with four consecutive national election victories. In the southwestern automotive hub of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the busine…

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