Merkel knocked by election blow

CHANCELLOR Angela Merkel’s coalition bloc suffered another stinging defeat yesterday in a regional election in Germany’s poorest state, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with both her conservatives and their Free Democrat allies losing support.

With the Eurozone crisis looming, Merkel’s Christian Democrats fell to 23.3 per cent from 28.8 per cent in 2006, according to a TV projection. It was the CDU’s worst-ever showing in the sparsely populated state on the Baltic shore. “We’re disappointed that the CDU lost so much support,” said senior CDU lawmaker Peter Altmaier.