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Merkel's Bavaria ally CSU suffer 'massive losses'

  • Angela Merkel allies in Bavaria humbled in historic vote, threatening more turbulence on national scene
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative allies lost their absolute majority in Bavaria’s state parliament by a wide margin in a regional election Sunday, a result that could cause more turbulence within the national government. Angela Merkel allies in Bavaria humbled in historic vote, threatening more turbulence on national scene
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Angela Merkel's sister party has suffered massive losses in Bavaria's state elections, exit polls suggest, in a blow to the German chancellor.

The CSU is set to lose its absolute majority in the state parliament.

The Greens surged into second place and the anti-immigration AfD entered the state parliament for the first time.

The CSU has ruled Bavaria almost single-handedly since 1957, but has lost support as opinion becomes polarised over issues like migration.

Party leader Horst Seehofer said it was "not a nice day", but added it was only "one side of the coin" as the vote gives "a clear mandate" allowing the CSU to form a new government.

Exit polls for major broadcasters said the CSU (Christian Social Union) won about 37% of the vote, down 10 points on four years ago, with the left-leaning pro-immigration Greens on 18%.

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) came fourth with 10%, behind a collective of independent candidates known as the Free Voters.

Mrs Merkel's national coalition partners the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) trailed in fifth with less than 10%, their vote halved.

There is speculation that it could pull out of the government in an attempt to survive as a party.

Its leader Andrea Nahles, blamed the poor performance in Bavaria on squabbling within the coalition.