German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) faced a tough task to avoid defeat in a key state election yesterday, the BBC informs. Opinion polls in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia suggest an emphatic re-election victory for the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD). Analysts said voters looked set to reject Mrs Merkel’s tough line on fiscal discipline as a cure for state debt. Despite its troubles, polls suggest that state premier and SPD candidate Hannelore Kraft – who has headed the fragile government for the past two years – will easily defeat CDU rival Norbert Roettgen, who is Mrs Merkel’s environment minister. According to Deutsche Welle, The Pirate Party will most certainly enter the NRW parliament.