German polls will dominate political year

Hannah Nagle examines the general elections scheduled to take place in Europe this year.

6th January, 2013
Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor Photo: Bloomberg

Germany is moving into campaign mode, with national parliamentary elections scheduled for this autumn. Nine months ahead of the election, things look promising for chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democrat Party. Most speculation in Germany surrounds the question of which political parties will make up a new coalition government with her.

Recent opinion polls have shown that Merkel's party is at a six-year high, but her Free Democrat coalition partners will struggle to win...

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