BERLIN | High stakes for Merkel’s govt as German state of Hesse votes

BERLIN | High stakes for Merkel’s govt as German state of Hesse votes

BERLIN  — Germany’s central region of Hesse was voting Sunday in a state election marked by discontent with infighting in the national government — and its results could help determine whether Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s administration has a long-term future.

The election for the state legislature in Hesse, which includes Germany’s financial center of Frankfurt, comes as support for the country’s governing parties is sliding and tensions are high in a federal coalition that has been in office only since March.

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