Regional elections in Lower Saxony see Social Democrats and Greens narrowly oust Conservative and Free Democrat coaliton. FDP vote was surprisingly strong.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have won the election in the eastern state of Saxony, but they will need a new coalition partner to govern.The anti-euro AfD is set to enter a state assembly for the first time.
Germany's anti-euro party, the AfD, has a good chance of winning its first regional parliamentary seat in elections in the state of Saxony, a recent poll says. But Chancellor Merkel's CDU seems unassailably in the lead.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have sat down for a second set of talks discussing the possibility of ruling in partnership with the ecologist Greens. Many in Germany consider this alliance unlikely, at best.
Social Democrat chairman Sigmar Gabriel has sought to rally party colleagues at their conference in Leipzig. The SPD is lagging after election defeat and amid difficult coalition talks with Angela Merkel's conservatives.
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