German conservatives lament ‘bitter’ losses but hope for coalition

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Germany’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) have suffered “bitter losses” in Sunday’s parliamentary election. CDU secretary general Paul Ziemiak added that he was nonetheless hoping for his party to lead a coalition including the Greens and the pro-business FDP. The CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, are projected to win between 24 and 25 per cent of the vote, according to public broadcasters ARD and ZDF.

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