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Merkel Faces First 'Schulz Effect' Test in German State Election

  • Chancellor’s party has held Saarland region for 18 years
  • SPD’s Schulz vows executive-pay curbs in pre-election comments
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party faces its first electoral test by the resurgent Social Democrats under challenger Martin Schulz as the western state of Saarland goes to the polls on Sunday.

Voters in the former coal-and-steel region along the French border will determine whether Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union keeps its 18-year hold on the state government or the Social Democrats add to momentum that’s lifted them to parity in national polls. Projections based on exit polls will be published at 6 p.m. local time.