German Chancellor's Conservatives strengthen support in Saarland state election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has comfortably won an election in the small southwestern state of Saarland - a vote seen as a bellwether for the national election in September.

The "Schulz effect" has seen especially younger voters flock to the more than 150-year-old workers' party, which is now polling neck-and-neck at the national level with Merkel's conservative bloc.

Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) have headed the state government of Saarland, in southwest Germany, since 1999.

The party, which saw a boost in poll ratings with Schulz's nomination, fell far short of its hoped-for first-place finish and won too little support for a new left-wing government in the region of almost one million people on the French border.

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After his meeting with Merkel, Trump tweeted that Germany owed vast sums of money to the usa for defense.

German Social Democrat chancellor candidate Martin Schulz shoulders a camera for a camera man of a television team at the St. Johanner Market in Saarbruecken, Germany, Friday, March 24, 2017.

Merkel accused the Social Democrats of being "stuck in the past", agonizing over unpopular labor-market reforms they introduced over a decade ago.

The national election will be held on September 24.

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"Election campaigns are distance races, not sprints", Schulz told supporters at SPD headquarters in Berlin. The US decides for itself how much it contributes to defending North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

A coalition between the CDU and SPD is the most likely outcome for Saarland.

"NATO is of prime importance for us, and it was not without very good reason that we said during our summit meeting in Wales that also Germany needs to increase expenditure".

But there was no concealing the fact that the Left Party had come up short in an important test of its appeal in western Germany. Continuing the so-called "grand coalition" between the two parties is now the only viable option. But the Greens, who would nearly certainly have to be part of any governing left-wing coalition at the national level, failed to clear the five-percent hurdle needed for parliamentary representation in the southwest German state.

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The right-wing, nationalist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) managed to get 6.2% of the vote and will have three seats in the Saarland parliament.


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