Dutchman loses German mayoral election

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Frans Willeme is not be the first Dutch mayor of a German town.

The former mayor of the Dutch town of Dinkelland in the east of the country lost Sunday’s mayoral election in the German town of Nordhorn by a very narrow margin from social democratic SPD candidate Thomas Berling.

Mr Berling won 50.12 percent of the votes. Frans Willeme, candidate for the Christian democratic CDU and local party Pro Grafschaft, won 49.88 percent, just 57 votes short of victory.

Nordhorn, located just across the border from the Dutch town of Denekamp, has 53,000 inhabitants.

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