Merkel's conservatives suffer blow in state vote, eurosceptics gain

February 15, 2015 7:07 PM

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BERLIN (Reuters) - The anti-euro Alternative for Germany (AfD) party looked set to win its first seats in a regional assembly in the west of the country on Sunday after an election in Hamburg which also saw Angela Merkel's conservatives suffer their worst result since World War Two.

Exit polls showed the AfD just above the 5 percent threshold needed to enter the state parliament. If confirmed, the result could help establish the anti-bailout party as a force beyond the former communist east, where it posted big gains in three regional votes last year.

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