Germany's governing Grand Coalition is facing an uncertain future after Chancellor Angela Merkel's allies in Bavaria, the CSU, suffered significant losses in regional elections. Merkel has promised to win back voters' trust.
Angela Merkel's immediate task is to organize the contest over who will be her successor as leader of the CDU. Whoever it turns out to be could well pull the party away from the political center — wherever that is.
After barely finding time to brush themselves off after suffering huge losses in Bavaria, Germany's governing coalition is preparing for another setback. Hesse's state election could have huge repercussions for Merkel.
With the legitimacy of her big-tent coalition in question, the German chancellor hopes for a positive outcome in the final regional election of 2018. But the political wind is blowing against big parties.
The day after her CDU party's dismal showing in the elections, Merkel announced her gradual retreat from politics. Now a recount could leave the party with a weak mandate. How could this have happened, and what's next?
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