For Schroder, Bad News, Good News?

Election losses may help Schroder get his party behind reform

Peter Muller led his victory entourage like a conga line through the cobbled streets of Saarbrucken's bar district. "Peter! Peter!" they chanted. Hoots. High fives. Fists in the air as about 50 people snaked around a fountain and between outdoor tables crowded with diners and drinkers enjoying a late-summer night. The exuberance was understandable: Muller had just led the center-right Christian Democratic Union party to statewide victory in the German state of Saarland for the first time in 15 years. And power tasted even better than the cold beer.

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