- The Christian Democratic Union failed to recapture conservative stronghold Baden-Wuerttemberg
- Merkel's CDU also lost a tight race in Rhineland-Palatinate
- There was a strong showing for extremist Alternative for Germany
Joerg Forbrig is Transatlantic Fellow for Central and Eastern Europe with the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Berlin. The opinions expressed in this commentary are the author's own.
(CNN)The German Chancellor, already battered in her political standing, was dealt another blow Sunday.