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Free Democrat Leader Westerwelle votes in Germany

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Germany’s Free Democrat leader Guido Westerwelle has cast his ballot in Bonn. He’s hoping that his FDP party will gather enough votes to form a centre-right coalition with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats – a coalition the current Chancellor says she needs to revive Europe’s largest economy.

But a poll on Friday put the combined conservatives-FDP vote exactly level with that of the Social Democracts, Greens and the far-left “Linke” party — a stalemate which would lead to another grand coalition but Westerwelle remains hopeful: “We’re very optimitic. We worked well and we have a good programme. I think it will work out well for us.”