Merkel under pressure as regional campaigns enter home straight

March 12, 2016

0,,19092930_303,00On Thursday morning, Julia Klöckner gathered up all her frustration and fear and expressed it in one now notorious tweet. “Whoever votes for the AfD in protest will end up strengthening the left camp,” wrote the struggling candidate for Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Klöckner was the longtime favorite in a state where, just days before Sunday’s election, she has been overtaken in at least one poll by her Social Democratic (SPD) counterpart Malu Dreyer.

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