German labour minister: Merkel has "lost her aura of invincibility"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has "lost her aura of invincibility," German Labour Minister Andrea Nahles said according to a media report on Saturday.

Nahles said this was good news for her Social Democratic Party (SPD), which is currently in coalition with Merkel's Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU).

"For the SPD this means we can confidently enter the election season next year," Nahles told the Bild daily.

The minister cited the party's recent win in a regional election in the western Rhineland-Palatinate state as proof of her party's potential to win with "strong personality and clear standing."

Merkel's CDU party suffered electoral losses in three German state elections earlier in March, amid pressure over the refugee crisis.

About 1 million asylum seekers came to Germany in 2015, partly due to Merkel's open-border approach, sparking widespread discontent and mobilizing droves of former non-voters in the regional polls.

Last update: Sat, 26/03/2016 - 15:14

More from Europe

Spanish Socialists resolve crisis as minority government looms

 Spain is set to have its first fully functional government in 10 months after the centre-left Socialist Party (PSOE...

Police in stand-off with man in London flat hoarding "combustibles"

British armed police on Sunday entered the third day of a stand-off with a man suspected of having "combustible...

German foreign minister says EU break-up is a real threat

The break-up of the European Union is a real possibility, warns German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in...

Report: Three dead amid two gas blasts in Russia

A pair of gas explosions striking homes claimed at least three lives Sunday and left at least 20 wounded, according...

Danish queen writes that residency doesn't make a person Danish

Living in Denmark is not enough to make a person Danish, writes Danish Queen Margrethe II in her new book, a...