Merkel set to be German chancellor for fourth term: Polls

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks almost certain to win a fourth term in next Sunday’s general election, while a part of the far right is ready to enter parliament for the first time since the end of World War II. The most recent opinion polls were conducted a few days before the elections unanimously provide that Merkel, 62, who has been in power since 2005, will remain in charge of the next government, regardless of whether the coalition will be formed after the elections. Merkel’s conservative bloc, comprising its Christian Democrat Union (CDU) and the Bavarian Social Christian Union (CSU), will be the largest group in the next Bundestag – the lower house of parliament – and no coalition will be possible without the preservatives.

You will have the best opportunity to form the next government to choose your preferred partner, according to opinion polls. Both parties should set sondager around 37 percent of the votes on September 24 compared to the expected 20 percent for main challenger Martin Schulz Merkel and his Social Democratic Party (SPD). Schulz was behind Merkel at the polls opinion of the last months and lost more ground after the only televised debate of the election campaign between the two main contenders are three semaines.Schulz, who until January was president of the European Parliament, is in addition a threat to Merkel’s aspirations of re-election. Only about 25 percent of voters surveyed in opinion polls favored the next chancellor against more than 50 percent who wanted Merkel to remain in power.

Opinion polls also unanimously provide that the German party and the far right, the Alternative for Germany (AFD), will enter the Bundestag for the first time in Sunday’s election, while the Liberal Party – Liberal Democrat (FDP) which lost its parliamentary representation in the last general elections in 2013 due to the failure of the investigation of the minimum of five percent of the votes, will return in the lower house. The AFD, which is expected to receive up to 12 percent of the vote, could become strong enough to replace the left wing the third largest group in the Bundestag after conservatives and Social Democrats, according to polls. Public support for the leftist party has been eroding in recent months and now can only hope to receive nine percent of the vote.

The FDP should survey about 10 percent of the vote and become the fifth group ahead of the Green Party, which could receive about 7.5 percent. The most likely outcome of the polls scheduled for the opinion polls will be a new edition of Merkel’s “grand coalition” today between conservatives and the SPD, which is also the election of a majority of voters. Surveys have shown that over 60% of respondents were satisfied with government performance over the last four years and that they want the “grand coalition” to continue their work in the next Parliament. Conservatives and Social Democrats will have a comfortable majority in the next Bundestag, which is necessary to ensure a stable government.

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