All the polls ahead of Sunday’s German election suggest a tight result. The latest surveys indicate Merkel’s centre-right coalition and the leftist opposition are neck and neck at 45 percent.
To add to the uncertainty many voters are still undecided.
Chancellor Angela Merkel took her message to Hannover in a last ditch attempt to squeeze votes: “If you decide to vote on Sunday, you will basically make a decision on the party you think best suits your imagination, your hopes and maybe your fears. We we are the party to best handle them.”
The key question for Merkel is will she lead the coalition of her choosing or will it be an unholy alliance with arch-rivals the SDP?
SDP leader Peer Steinbrueck has been highly critical of Merkel’s tough stance on austerity for cash strapped EU states.Still if polls prove correct he could play a senior role in the next administration:” Some people are still thinking about whether or not to vote to mock politics. I would ask you to make use of your right to vote. My plea to you is go out and vote on Sunday.”
All major parties will have one eye on how the eurosceptic Alternative for Germany fare in the vote, with polls indicating they are close to winning the vital 5 percent, the threshold needed for seats in the Bundestag.