Kraft, top candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Sylvia Loehrmann of the Greens hug each other before giving a TV interview following the NRW federal state election in Duesseldorf

 
Kraft, top candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Sylvia Loehrmann of the Greens hug each other before giving a TV interview following the NRW federal state election in Duesseldorf
Hannelore Kraft, federal state premier of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and top candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Sylvia Loehrmann of the Greens (L) a coalition partner of the Social Democrats, hug each other before giving a TV interview following the NRW federal state election in Duesseldorf May 13, 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)