As the German election approaches the junior members of Merkel’s centre-right coalition are fighting hard to keep their feet under the top table.
The Liberals (FDP), running at 5.5 percent in the polls have drafted in former Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher to boost support.
Phillip Roesler FDP leader took a swipe at opposition rivals the SDP:” We have published a book, about the SDP, which changes its position at every opportunity, depending on the audience. This is not good for German politics.”
Opposition environmentalists the Green Party have slipped a little in the polls and will be hoping for a strong showing by the SDP to be able to join them in coalition.
Green Candidate Juergen Trittin slammed Merkel’s Christian Democrats:” They cut aid to developing countries, they break their own promises, they don’t provide as much foreign aid as The Netherlands, as Great Britain. And I say this coalition long ago lost its Christian credentials.”
Despite support for The Greens being at its lowest for four years party chiefs believe they can still make an impact in Sunday’s election.