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Germany: Angela Merkel 'loses key state election'

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a humiliating defeat in the latest regional elections in the country.

For the first time in almost 60 years, her Christian Democrat Party has lost power in Baden-Wuerttemberg to the Greens.

Nuclear power, following the accident in Japan, was a key issue.

The vote in the wealthy south-western state was seen as a referendum on Mrs Merkel's rule, as Steven Evans reports.

  • 27 Mar 2011
  • From the section Europe
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