14 May 2017

“I think she really will be chancellor again,” said one stallholder from North Rhine-Westphalia.

Under the wooden beams of Brilon's medieval hunting lodge, Angela Merkel sweeps past a gleaming brass band to address her party faithful.
Voters here have yet to make their choice in the regional election. But already there's something of the victory march in the chancellor's step.

This is Social Democrat country. The centre-left SPD currently rules in coalition with the Greens but polls suggest that could be about to change.