German center-right hopes to hold key state amid flood flap
The head of former German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right party says he’s hopeful of winning a key state election next month despite a flap over some party members’ response to last year’s devastating flood
Party leader Friedrich Merz said there was nevertheless “no reason at all for pessimism.”
“On the contrary, I believe that we stand a really very, very good chance of winning the state election in North Rhine-Westphalia.”
Recent polls indicate a close race between the Christian Democrats and the center-left Social Democrats of Chancellor Olaf Scholz.