The SPD annual conference in Leipzig is a gloomy affair. The party is still nursing its wounds from September's elections, while facing the prospect of a grand coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives.
Angela Merkel's junior coalition partners, the SPD, are in an even bleaker mood in Bavaria than her own conservative party. The coalition government's internal feuding in Berlin has clearly damaged the Social Democrats.
A combined low of 41 percent has emerged in a survey for Chancellor Angela Merkel's government. Her conservatives and coalition Social Democrats polled 26 and 15 percent respectively. Up to second place are the Greens.
Support for the country's ruling parties is dwindling as the Green party and far-right AfD continue to surge. Some Germans are worried about the status quo, but many believe the changes are good for democracy.
The drubbing of the mainstream parties in Bavaria's election didn't come as a surprise. But the outcome could have serious repercussions for Germany's political landscape.
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