Germany: Greens projected to surge in key local election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party is set to stay in control of many localities in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia but with a slightly reduced majority, an exit poll from public broadcaster WDR and Infratest dimap predicted on Sunday.

The CDU is on course to take 36% of votes, a decrease of 1.5% from the previous polls in 2014.

The center-left SPD came in second but with a sharp fall in support, according to the forecast. After receiving 31.4% six years…

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