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he CDU secured a clear victory with a 40.7% share of the vote in the state election held on 26th March in Saarland.
The three million-strong Turkish diaspora in Germany, of whom nearly a half have the right to vote, makes bilateral relations between the two countries important.
On 14 March, Angela Merkel criticised the proposal to end coal combustion at German power plants in the immediate future.
During her first visit to the United States Chancellor Angela Merkel was faced with a new approach towards Germany by an American administration.