GERMANY: Hamburg election increases pressure for quick CDU leadership fix

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After today’s regional election in the city state of Hamburg, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) will come under renewed pressure to present a timeline and a mechanism for agreeing on a new party leadership. Merkel’s coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD) managed to retain their position as strongest party in Hamburg, but the celebratory mood among SPD leaders in Berlin is preposterous. Significant SPD losses and a doubled vote share for the Greens highlight that within the centrist camp, political momentum continues to be firmly with the ecologists rather than
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