'Heavy blow:' Potential Merkel successors weigh losses in state polls

The two men vying to replace German Chancellor Angela Merkel after general elections in September on Monday weighed the results of regional polls that dealt their conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) major electoral losses. On Sunday, voters in the south-western states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate vented their anger with the governing CDU. The environmentalist Greens in Baden-Wuerttemberg and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) in Rhineland-Palatinate clearly asserted themselves against the CDU. The setback represents the first test for the party’s new leader, Armin Lasc…

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