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Jun 17, 2010 | 20:29 GMT

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Brief: Ruling German Coalition Voted Out In North Rhine-Westphalia

Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Green party announced June 17 that they will attempt to form a minority government by July 13 or 14 in North Rhine-Westphalia. The ruling Christian Democratic Party-Free Democratic Party (CDU-FDP) coalition was defeated in May 9 elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's richest and largest state, bringing into question German Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity at the federal level. If the SPD and the Green party manage to get a ruling coalition in North Rhine-Westphalia they will have all of that state's votes in the Bundesrat, Germany's federal chamber of the parliament, giving the opposition a blocking majority against the CDU-FDP government. This could make Merkel's position very difficult, as she will have to form compromises with the SPD before sending legislature to the Bundesrat.

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