Regional elections in Lower Saxony see Social Democrats and Greens narrowly oust Conservative and Free Democrat coaliton. FDP vote was surprisingly strong.
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.
Voters in two eastern German states are headed to the polls to elect new governments. In one of them, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives could be voted out of office for the first time since German reunification.
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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