Third term likely for chancellor Merkel

Merkel seems to be on the way back, but anti-euro party AfD may make its Bundestag debut, writes Simon Kingsley in Berlin.

14th September, 2013
German chancellor and Christian Democrat leader Angela Merkel arrives at a television studio for her debate with Peer Steinbrück of the Social Democrats. Photo: Getty

Barring a massive surprise, Germans will go to the polls next weekend to re-elect Angela Merkel for her third term as Federal Chancellor.

Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister party the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) has 237 seats in the Bundestag. The Social Democratic Party (SPD), which suffered its worst defeat in 2009, has 146 seats. The liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) has 93. Of the also-rans The Left has 75 seats, and Alliance '90/The Greens 68.

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