Polls have opened in Germany’s parliamentary elections and will close at 8pm tonight. 62 million people are eligible to vote in the European Union’s largest country. Final results are due within hours of polls closing.
It’s expected that Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats will win the largest share of the vote. It would be her third term as Chancellor. However, what is still unclear is with which political party she would form a coalition. If her current partners, the Free Democrats, don’t cross the 5% threshold for winning seats in parliament, Merkel may have to consider a coalition with her main rival Peer Steinbrueck’s Social Democrats.
He and his party have focused their attention during the campaign on convincing voters that they could do a better job if in power.
Steinbrueck has said Merkel has not worked on income inequality, wants higher taxes and an increase in the country’s minimum wage.