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Germany's 'Schulz effect' fails to deliver in first election test

Voters in Saarland flock to Merkel's conservatives for fear of new left-wing alliance

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The SPD's Mr Schulz (above) addressing supporters in Berlin on Sunday. Despite the local caveats in Saarland, the message for the SPD is that the "Schulz effect" is not yet gaining enough traction despite a 10-point bounce in the party's national ratings since his nomination in January.

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IT was the German Social Democrats' (SPD) first electoral test under their new leader, Martin Schulz. They failed. Instead, voters in the state of Saarland flocked to Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Sunday for fear of a new left-wing alliance.

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