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WIESBADEN, GERMANY (OCTOBER 28, 2018) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC UNION (CDU) LEADER AND STATE PREMIER VOLKER BOUFFIER GOING ON STAGE / VOTERS CLAPPING (SOUNDBITE) (German) HESSE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC UNION (CDU) LEADER AND STATE PREMIER VOLKER BOUFFIER, SAYING: "Tonight is a night of mixed feelings. We have suffered great losses, we are in pain for that reason but we also learnt that it is worth it to fight. We had two election goals: to be the strongest force and to make sure that no government could be built against the CDU. That stays today, at this very moment. We have achieved both things, my dear friends." BOUFFIER ON STAGE / VOTERS CLAPPING HESSE SPD LEADER THORSTEN SCHAEFER-GUMBEL WALKING THROUGH CROWD VOTERS CLAPPING SCHAEFER-GUMBEL ADDRESSING CROWD PEOPLE CLAPPING (SOUNDBITE) (German) HESSE STATE SPD LEADER, THORSTEN SCHAEFER-GUMBEL, SAYING: "(This is) A hard and difficult night for the SPD in Hesse. We have not kept the result up to where we wanted. It is a bitter defeat and we cannot talk our way around it. It is the worst expected result since 1946." PEOPLE AT SPD HEADQUARTERS IN HESSE HESSE GREEN PARTY LEADER TAREK AL WAZIR GOING ON STAGE PEOPLE CLAPPING AND CHANTING AL WAZIR ON STAGE CLAPPING VOTERS CLAPPING (SOUNDBITE) (German) HESSE GREEN PARTY LEADER, TAREK AL WAZIR, SAYING: "Dear people, it is a fantastic day for us, the Green party. Hesse was never so green and we can be proud of the fact that we went from being in the government into an election in which we have apparently won so much trust with what we did in the past five years that the citizens of Hesse have given us their vote." VARIOUS OF VOTERS CLAPPING AL WAZIR ON STAGE MEDIA AL WAZIR LEAVING ALTERNATIVE FOR GERMANY (AFD) HEADQUARTERS SIGN READING "CROSS DUTY FOR HESSE" (SOUNDBITE) (English) AFD LEADER, JOERG MEUTHEN, SAYING: "Mission completed." (SOUNDBITE) (German) AFD LEADER, JOERG MEUTHEN, SAYING: "We made it in 16 states." VOTER CLAPPING (SOUNDBITE) (German) AFD LEADER, JOERG MEUTHEN, SAYING: "We are in the German parliament as the strongest opposition force. We are in the European parliament. Until now I have been there on my own but next year we will change that. It will be quite decisive. And now we are in 16 states of this republic. With that we can make politics. We will step up to do politics and we will do it." LEAFLET READING (German): "HOME SECURITY, ASYLUM, CRIME" VOTERS WATCHING RESULTS
Dateline: 2018

Fresh Blow To Merkel Coalition As Parties Lose Support In German State Vot...

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