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New election blow for Germany's Merkel - exit polls

13 May 2012 Last updated at 18:57

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have suffered heavy losses in an election in Germany's most populous state, exit polls suggest.

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These Christian Democrat supporters were reacting to exit polls in Duesseldorf

Support for the Christian Democrats dropped from 35% to 26% in North Rhine-Westphalia, with the Social Democrats set to return to power with the Greens.

It is the Christian Democrats' worst result in the state.

Analysts say many voters rejected Mrs Merkel's tough line on fiscal discipline as a cure for state debt.

Voters in Greece, France and Italy also recently rejected austerity policies.

In another development, the exit polls suggested Germany's Pirate Party had won seats in North Rhine-Westphalia, making it their fourth state parliament.

The Pirate Party has grown in strength recently with its calls for t


Added: May-13-2012 
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  • This is what you get for the failure of the EU. The EU has failed...most people want OUT! but will we get it? not if the unelected people in brussles still think they know what is best for the people of europe.

    The EU was a good idea...for TRADE! not Policies!

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  • haha, i elected the Pirate Party, i am from this part NRW and CDU got smashed down to 26% , only 60% went to this election , so only ca 15% of our populaton is behind Merkel and her CDU

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  • The Pirates?...cool!

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