Germany looks set to hold parliamentary elections a year early after the ruling SPD party suffered another heavy defeat in regional elections. The opposition centre right Christian Democrats believing they have the government on the run are rallying behind their leader Angela Merkel. Speaking in Berlin earlier today she said if there is an election campaign soon her party would seize the occasion to ask voters two key questions who is more capable of creating jobs and economic growth in Germany.
The Chancellor caught his opponents by surprise with his decision to call early elections – a very rare event in Germany. They could take place in the autumn. He said he had taken that unusual step because to push ahead with reforms it is critical that he has the full support of the German people.
It is a high-risk strategy for the Chancellor who has been punished by voters angry at economic reforms, which have so far failed to reduce mass unemployment. One woman explained her frustration at the government saying, “We need something new. We are all disillusioned and things have dragged on to long and we have to hope for something better.” Latest opinion polls indicate if the elections were held today the SPD would be heavily defeated by the Christian Democrats.