German Christian Democratic Party, CDU, chairwoman and Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a party's leaders meeting at the headquarters the in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.
The results were quite a disappointment for the CDU candidate and Ministers-President of Hesse, Volker Bouffier, a Merkel man who has stuck with her through thick and thin.
A disastrous result for either or both parties could further destabilize the national government and ultimately the position of Merkel, Germany's leader for the past 13 years.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing calls from her own conservatives to cede the party's leadership, further eroding her authority after painful losses in a regional election.
The CDU has governed Hesse for almost 20 years, and the party campaigned on an enviable record in the state of ultra-low unemployment, high wages and minimal crime.
As the country's two traditionally dominant centrist parties flailed in Hesse, forces on either flank surged: The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the progressive Greens.
Mrs Merkel has been CDU chairwoman since 2000 and giving up the role would start a race within the party to succeed her as chancellor.
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He conceded, though, that inflationary pressures seem low now, even with a tightening labor market and rising wages. He feels there is insufficient evidence that inflation will return, and rate hikes are unnecessary at this stage.
Just five years after the party's founding as a protest against euro zone bailouts, the anti-immigrant AfD now controls seats in all 16 of Germany's state parliaments, in addition to the national Bundestag and the European parliament.
The result suggests the CDU and Greens could continue their ruling coalition in Hesse but is likely to increase tensions in Merkel's ruling "grand coalition" in Berlin.
Armed with Nahles's checklist, by September 2019 the SPD "will be able to see whether this government is still the right place for us", the party leader said in an implicit threat to the chancellor.
Angela Merkel has reportedly told leaders of her conservative party that this will be her final parliamentary term as Germany's chancellor.
CDU leaders will meet next Sunday to prepare for a summit in December where party members will vote for a new chairman.
Party leaders urged discipline and no heads have rolled ahead of Sunday's vote in Hesse, restraining infighting that has driven voters from the traditional big parties to insurgent political forces.
Propelled by the backlash to Merkel's migration policy into the federal Bundestag past year, the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) is now represented in all 16 of Germany's state legislatures, after Hessian voters handed it a 12-percent score.
Merkel has dragged the CDU to the political center in her years as leader, dropping military conscription, introducing benefits encouraging fathers to look after their young children, and abruptly accelerating the shutdown of Germany's nuclear power plants following Japan's Fukushima disaster in 2011.