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Conservatives hold Hamburg despite leftward lurch

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) remained the strongest party in Hamburg state elections on Sunday, but the conservatives suffered losses amid a swing to the left among voters ahead of national elections in 2009.

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CDU’s Böhmer blames baby killings on East German legacy

Wolfgang Böhmer, the conservative premier of the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt, unleashed a wave of outrage on Sunday by blaming a grim spate of baby killings by their mothers on the brutal legacy of communist East Germany.