The other big victor was the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which entered the Hesse regional assembly for the first time with 12.8 percent of the vote, the ZDF projection showed.
SPD leader Andrea Nahles said she would use a roadmap with which to measure the progress of the ruling coalition, which has been plagued by infighting, at a mid-term review next year.
Speculation has been widespread before the vote that a disastrous result for either or both parties could further destabilize the national government, prompting calls for the Social Democrats to walk out and possibly endangering Merkel's own position.
"We could then gauge the implementation of this roadmap at the agreed mid-term review, when we would be able to clearly see if this government is the right place for us", Nahles told reporters.
In one of her most debated moves, Merkel allowed large numbers of migrants and asylum-seekers into Germany in 2015, many of them fleeing the fighting in Syria, before gradually pivoting to a more restrictive approach.
The CDU has governed Hesse for almost 20 years, and the party campaigned on an enviable record in the state of ultralow unemployment, high wages and minimal crime.
Merkel also reportedly said that she won't seek re-election to parliament after its current term ends, indicating that this will be her final term as chancellor - something that had been widely assumed but that Merkel has not until now confirmed.
There were big gains for the Greens, who took 19.8 per cent of the vote, compared with 11.1 per cent five years ago. The CDU won a third of the vote in last September's German election - an historically poor performance for the party that has dominated the country's post-war politics.
Voters have appeared generally satisfied with Bouffier's outgoing state government. But current polls show the CDU not even winning a quarter of the national vote.
The result left Bouffier's outgoing CDU-Green coalition with a one-seat parliamentary majority. "Her federal coalition partner, the Social Democrats, also fared poorly".
The election campaign in prosperous Hesse, which includes Germany's financial centre of Frankfurt, has been largely overshadowed by the woes of a federal coalition in office only since March. That has given extra significance to the election in Hessen, which is home to 6.2 million of Germany's 82 million people.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Merkel made this known while addressing a press conference at the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) on Monday. Many are dismayed by what has happened since.
Karl-Rudolf Korte, a political science professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen, predicted on ZDF television that its leaders "will do everything to save the "grand coalition" for the next three years". Although the party has remained relatively united behind its leader in public, discontent has been building as the CDU's fortunes have sunk.
For her part, Merkel said she sees "many more opportunities than risks for our country, the German government and also my party" in setting a transition of power in motion.
Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu makes rare visit to Oman
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas also visited Oman this week, according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa. Oman closed its offices in Israel in 2000 after the outbreak of the second Palestinian Intifada.
According to Wray, they were all made of about 15 cm of PVC pipe, a small clock, a battery, some wiring and potential explosives. One law enforcement official said the fingerprint discovery was a major breakthrough.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is now enjoying the best goalscoring spell of his career, netting in two consecutive games for the first time. However, the Blues are confident Hazard will be fit to return against Palace at the weekend.
Absolutely, but for us to win the League Cup we're going to have beaten Hibs, Rangers and Celtic in Edinburgh and Glasgow. We've not had an Old Firm final for a good few years so it would have been incredible to be involved in that.
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Thomas, who in Denver was averaging 50.3 receiving yards per game with three scores on the season, had been given a rating of 2.0. Plus, the Broncos got a fourth-round pick in return, which is a good exchange for an expensive, aging receiver.
The India launch event will be live streamed exclusively through social media handles as well as official YouTube channel. The cameras feature OIS and EIS for better image quality along with large 1.22µm for superior low-light photography.
Typing isn't the spongy experience it has been on the MacBook Air previously and only you'll know whether you like that or not. The new MacBook Air has a high-resolution Retina display , is a little lighter and has other performance enhancements.
Dodger Stadium was already rumbling with tension and fear when Holt doubled in the ninth off losing pitcher Dylan Floro . Pederson's home run was his first of this World Series and his fourth home runin six career World Series starts.
The target range for the federal funds rate, now at 2 per cent to 2.25 per cent, is low by historical standards. That will serve as "a tailwind for the economy, not a headwind", in conjunction with lower taxes, he said.
The Virginia Lottery said in a statement that the chances of matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 12,607,306. The odds of winning a jackpot remain abysmal at 1 in 302.5 million for Mega Millions and 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball .
World's tallest statue unveiled in India
Almost 100,000 tonnes of concrete and steel make up this giant Statue of Unity at a cost of $430 million (€378 million). Posters of Mr Modi with Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani were torn down or had their faces blackened at the weekend.
1,000 Honduran migrants break Guatemala police cordon
The trip could be twice as long if the migrants head for the Tijuana-San Diego frontier, as another caravan did earlier this year. Many members of the caravan have been traveling for more than two weeks since the group first formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Afghans turn out for delayed vote
On election day, the Taliban had carried out around 200 attacks, which left at least 36 dead and 126 wounded. IEC figures suggest around half of the almost nine million people registered to vote actually cast a ballot.
You could pre-order the OnePlus 6T in Malaysia next week
In India , OnePlus 6T is coming in three variants-6GB RAM + 128GB Storage, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM+256GB storages. The AMOLED display features a pixel resolution of 1080 x 2340 and a pixel density of 402ppi (pixels per inch).