Could Germany’s election deliver a surprise?
Seeking a fourth term in office, Angela Merkel is widely expected to be returned to power when the country makes its choice on September 24.
But a new opinion poll indicates that almost half of German voters are still undecided – said to be the highest share of ‘don’t knows’ this close to an election for 20 years.
That should be music to the ears of the Chancellor’s centre-left challenger Martin Schulz.
Former European Parliament President Schulz’s SPD is trailing some 15 points behind Merkel’s conservatives. So the prospect of a ‘hidden vote’ could reignite his campaign.
But there is a twist in the tale… the same poll in the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper says some 45 percent of voters think victory for Merkel is already a foregone conclusion.