Today there were elections in the most populous state in Germany, North Rhineland-Westphalia.
The two parties of Merkel’s coalition, her own CDU party and the FDP party, got only a third of the vote.
The state president of the CDU, Norbert Röttgen (who had been parachuted especially for the election to North Rhine-Westphalia by Ms Merkel herself), resigned after hearing about the election disaster.
The winners were the local Social Democrats, whom Ms Merkel had attacked for not being sufficiently pro-austerity.
Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a massive defeat in the election in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) on Sunday. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lost 8.3 percent and recorded its worst-ever result, 26.3 percent, in Germany’s most populous state: here.