BERLIN (Reuters) – The results of regional elections in Germany, which have inflicted a blow to the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) will have no impact at European level, said the German Chancellor on Monday.
Speaking at a press conference, Angela Merkel called Sunday’s regional elections of “bitter days” for her party, which recorded its worst since World War II in Rhineland-North-Westphalia.
This setback “will have no impact on the work we have done in Europe,” she said.
This ballot in the most populated region of Germany, whose economy is equivalent to that of Turkey was considered a real test for the Chancellor to 18 months before general elections where she plans to run for third term.
According to preliminary estimates, the Social Democrats SPD would get 38.5% of the vote and should be able to form a stable majority with the Greens credited with 12.2% of the vote.
The CDU sees it, its support collapse to 25.8% against nearly 35% in 2010, which is the worst result since 1945 the Conservatives in this Land whose population exceeds that of the Netherlands.
While Berlin lobbied at the European level for enhanced budgetary discipline, Angela Merkel said there was “no contradiction between a strong fiscal policy and growth.”