Germany watching local polls in mega-state NRW ahead of 2021 election

All eyes are on the German state of North Rhine Westphalia on Sunday, where local elections are expected to shed light on the political playing field as the country gears up for federal elections next year.Some 14 million people are eligible to vote for district council representatives and city mayors in Germany’s most populous state, home to the country’s western industrial heartland.Polls opened at 8 am (0600 GMT) and were set to close at 6 pm.Germany’s political future is wide open ahead of federal elections expected in about a year, after long-serving Chancellor Angela Merkel announced tha…

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