20 September, Berlin
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel is set to be German chancellor for fourth term in the general election next Sunday. Latest opinion polls conducted just days before the election unanimously forecast that Merkel, who has been in power since 2005, will remain at the helm of the next government.
The polls forecast that Merkel’s conservative bloc, that comprises her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian ally Christian Social Union (CSU), will emerge as the largest group in the next Bundestag(the lower house of parliament).
The two parties together are expected to poll around 37 per cent of the votes on Sunday compared to 20 per cent forecast for Merkel’s main challenger Martin Schulz and his Social Democratic Party (SPD).Opinion polls also unanimously forecast that the anti- migrants far-right party Alternative for Germany (AFD) will enter the Bundestag for the first time.