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Three election posters showing top candidates for chancellor, in Frankfurt, Germany Three election posters show the top candidates for chancellor in Germany’s upcoming elections: the SPD’s Olaf Scholz, left, the CDU’s Armin Laschet, center, and the Greens’ Annalena Baerbock, in Frankfurt, Sept. 15, 2021 (AP photo by Michael Probst).

Germany’s Election Could Upend European Politics

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021

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According to the latest opinion surveys ahead of a general election in Germany scheduled for Sept. 26, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union, or CDU, is on course for its worst performance in the party’s history. Together with its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, or CSU, it has the support of around 21 percent of German voters—down eight points from two months ago—according to a polling average compiled by Europe Elects. The center-left Social Democratic Party, or SPD, has seen an incredible surge over the past two months, now polling at 26 percent, compared to 16 percent two months ago. ...

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