News Summary: Merkel faces new woes in German vote

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Posted: May 11, 2012 1:56 PM
News Summary: Merkel faces new woes in German vote

THE BAD NEWS: A bad week for Chancellor Angela Merkel looks likely to get worse with the likely re-election of a center-left government in Germany's most populous state, which Merkel has portrayed as debt-addicted.

THE GOOD NEWS: Despite the prospect of an embarrassing loss for her conservatives, Merkel looks unlikely to be voted out, unlike French ally Nicolas Sarkozy, since her stance is widely shared by German voters nationally.

THE BACKGROUND: Sunday's state election in North Rhine-Westphalia was called in March after its minority government, made up of Germany's main national opposition parties, narrowly failed to get a budget passed.