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Germany election: Further blow for Merkel in Hesse

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The Greens saw their share of the vote rise substantially to 19.5%

Both the parties in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition have suffered heavy losses in a regional election, exit polls suggest.

Her centre-right CDU party and the centre-left SPD were 10% down on the previous election in Hesse state.

The far-right AfD party have entered the regional assembly for the first time, the polls say, winning 12% of the vote, in the closely watched poll.

The left-leaning Greens were close behind on 19.5%.

The CDU currently govern the state in coalition with the Green party.

Hesse’s election comes just weeks after Mrs Merkel’s Bavarian sister party suffered huge losses in a state parliament vote.

Analysts believed the Hesse election could spell further trouble for the embattled chancellor in Berlin.

Parties like the AfD and the Greens have grown in national support following Germany’s 2017 general election, as the CDU and SPD’s support waned.

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