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Merkel targeted by nationalist right on German campaign trail

The German chancellor runs the gauntlet of jeering opponents ahead of next Sunday's elections.

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Merkel targeted by nationalist right on German campaign trail

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Angela Merkel may be the strong favourite to win next weekend’s German elections but that hasn’t stopped her opponents from hounding her on the campaign trail.

The German chancellor’s visit to the small seaside town of Binz in the northeast on Saturday had been well highlighted on social media.

There were whistles and jeers from among the crowd, as well as slogans such as “Merkel must go”. Observers say they bear the hallmarks of the far right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

There is little evidence that they represent a popular revolt against Merkel and her government.

With support rising to over 10 percent according to opinion polls, the populist AfD party is tipped to enter the lower house of Parliament.

But its protests over the migrant crisis and other issues are not expected to prevent Merkel from winning a fourth term.