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 has slammed her center-left coalition partners for making a regional deal with the Left party. Contrastingly, she praised the achievements of her previous alliance with the Free Democrats.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been reelected as head of Germany's ruling party. The results show just how confident the Christian Democrats are in their powerful leader.
The center-right Christian Democrats have won the election in Saxony, but will need a partner to form a government. They have ruled out a coalition with the euroskeptic Alternative for Germany.
The German parliament has approved plans for a new military mission in Afghanistan. The new mission is to see several hundred German soldiers help train members of the Afghan security forces.
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