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Merkel’s Party Slumps to Third in Bremen as SPD Wins State Vote

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party slumped to its worst result in Bremen in more than 50 years, finishing behind the Greens for the first time in a state election amid voter anger over the debt crisis and a flip-flop on nuclear power.

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union sank to third place in yesterday’s ballot in Bremen, Germany’s smallest state, while her Free Democratic Party coalition partner lost all its seats in a regional parliament for the third time this year. The main opposition Social Democrats cemented their 64-year hold on Bremen and can continue their coalition with the Greens of the past four years.