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Voting underway in Germany

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Voting underway in Germany


Over 61.8 million people are eligible to vote in Germany’s parliamentary elections, with polls stations open until 8pm tonight.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats look set to take the largest chunk of the votes, however to form a government she’s going to need to find a partner and that might prove tricky.

Her current coalition partner, the Free Democrats could fail to get enough seats in the Bundestag.

The two biggest political parties have invested a total of €43 million in campaigning, but experts fear that many voters may stay at home. In the last elections in 2009 participation stood around 70%, an all time low.

Euronews’ correspondent in Berlin,Lena Roche, says Angela Merkel is hoping for a third term. In the polls it is looking good for her, but the outcome will be decided in the voting booths. And it is estimated that around 30% of people will only decide who to vote for at the last minute.

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