Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union has made something of a political comeback, after a striking win in the eastern state of Saxony Anhalt election on Sunday that is likely to give Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party a boost ahead of the federal election in September. The result will be a blow for the Green Party which had been seen as a contender to form a part of — or even lead — a coalition government after September’s general election. But given Saxony-Anhalt’s small size, and its traditional disaffection with the Green Party, some analysts noted that any extrapolation of the regional results on the national level “should be done with caution”.