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Poor results for the Christian Social Union and Social Democratic Party raise questions about the German chancellor’s shaky coalition
MUNICH—Germany’s political fragmentation deepened after allies of Angela Merkel took a beating in a crucial regional election in Bavaria, raising questions about how long the chancellor can keep control of her brittle coalition government.
Preliminary results showed the ruling Christian Social Union, sister party to Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democrats in the populous and affluent southern state, had lost its absolute majority, scoring only 37.4% of the vote—its worst result since 1950.