Far-left politician a new threat to Merkel?

November 26, 2014 2:40 PM

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BERLIN (Reuters) - A small eastern state is set to embark on an experiment that could shift the political landscape in Germany, loosening Angela Merkel's grip on power and raising the chances of a future government in Berlin that includes fervent supporters of Russia.

Bodo Ramelow, a no-nonsense trade unionist who grew up in West Germany, is expected to become state premier of Thuringia on Dec. 5 in a coalition of his Left party, the environmentalist Greens and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), ending 24 years of conservative rule there.

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