Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lost two regional elections on Sunday - an important vote ahead of the September Bundestag elections, which will be held without Merkel.

This was reported by "European Truth" with reference to Spiegel Online.

In southwestern Baden-Württemberg, the Greens received 32.6% of the vote, the CDU 24.1%, and the Social Democrats 11%.

In neighboring Rhineland-Palatinate, the Social Democrats took first place and will retain power with 35.7% of the vote, ahead of the CDU, which led in opinion polls until last month, but garnered support for only 27.7% in Sunday's election.

Voting in the two countries was seen as the first serious political test this year, culminating in the September general election.

The party's secretary general, Paul Zemjak, acknowledged that the results were disappointing on Sunday night. He also acknowledged that recent corruption scandals and concerns about the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic have hurt the CDU.

Sunday's results came as a blow to CDU party leader Armin Lashet, who became the party's leader two months ago and is seeking to replace Angela Merkel as chancellor.

Both election results pave the way for regional coalitions between the Greens, the SPD and the Liberal Free Democrats, and increase the likelihood of forming a similar coalition after the September general election.

Polls show that the CDU's national popularity has fallen from 40% in June last year, when Germany was praised for its response to the pandemic, to about 33% this month, reports the BBC.

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