Merkel Looks for Election Boost in Volkswagen’s Home State – Bloomberg

Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party faces a neck-and-neck election Sunday in Volkswagen AG’s home state that will set the stage for difficult talks on forming her next national government.

Three weeks after winning re-election with diminished voter support, Merkel heads into the vote in Lower Saxony with polls suggesting a late surge for her party’s Social Democratic opponents, who have governed the region since 2013. Failing to flip the state would deprive Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union of a confidence boost just before she begins coalition talks with the Free Democratic Party and Greens on Wednesday.

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