Angela Merkel won't seek re-election as party leader, sources say

Another nail-biter for Merkel as Hessians go to polls

The Greens, who have governed Hesse in coalition with the CDU over the last 5 years, were neck-and-neck with the SPD, also securing 19.8% of the vote.

The weakness that Merkel faces on the home front, could limit her capacity to lead in the European Union, as the block now is dealing with Brexit, a budget crisis in Italy, and possibility of populist parties gain popularity at European parliament elections in May.

In September a year ago, Merkel's CDU party won the general election but more than 13% of the voting population chose the right-wing nationalists AfD, which are anti-Islam and anti-refugee. The SPD's Nahles has hastened to claim that "the state of the government is unacceptable". The SPD's top candidate, Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, called this outcome "a bitter defeat".

Monday's developments came after the CDU bled support in a vote in the western state of Hesse. That's three times its tally from 2013, the year it was created.

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) meanwhile took 13.1 percent to enter the Hesse state legislature for the first time.

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But despite massive losses for the center-right CDU in Sunday's vote, the chancellor's party looks likely to cling to power in Hesse, a prosperous state that is home to Frankfurt, the financial capital.

Sometimes tying for second feels better than coming in first.

The pro-business Free Democrats were seen winning above 7 per cent and the Left Party around 6.5 per cent.

Earlier today she announced she would not stand for re-election as leader of the CDU during the selection process in December.

Yet the potential for change in Germany is hemmed in by the country's constitution and relatively strong political center. Despite her party's historically poor result, she may be heaving a huge sigh of relief, too.

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But only the Greens, who are in opposition nationally, are benefiting in polls.

His CDU colleague Christian von Steffen was more blunt: 'We need a meaningful programme with a clear path and new faces'.

"I will work on that with as much vigor as I can", she added. On October 14, the Christian Social Union, or CSU - the Bavarian sister party to the CDU - lost its majority in the Bavarian state parliament.

The results in Bavaria and Hesse mirror political trends nationwide.

SPD leader Andrea Nahles said she would use a roadmap with which to measure the progress of the ruling coalition, which has been plagued by infighting, at a mid-term review next year. He demanded a new vote by the SPD's rank and file on whether to quit the coalition.

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That would nearly certainly trigger fresh elections and perhaps the end of Merkel's political career. And with the party now polling at record-low levels, SPD heavyweights know that they stand to lose the most from that nuclear option. He urged the coalition parties to "show that they have the power to work together".

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