Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats face a Lower Saxony state vote highlighting challenges she’ll face in a re-election bid in September amid collapsing support for her Free Democratic Party ally.
Germany said it’s willing to destroy Syrian chemical weapons on its soil as part of an accord struck with President Bashar al-Assad aimed at averting international military involvement in the conflict.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party lost control of Lower Saxony state as the Social Democrats and Greens took a single seat majority, buoying the opposition parties eight months before federal elections.
Germany’s states sought to ban the far-right National Democratic Party, petitioning the country’s highest court to rule its aims and activities unconstitutional a decade after an earlier attempt to outlaw the group failed.
The German state of Lower Saxony, Volkswagen AG’s second-largest shareholder, opposes French government aid for PSA Peugeot Citroen’s ailing financing arm and indicated Germany would ask for a European Commision review.