Greens gaining on Merkel’s conservatives

Germany’s highflying environmentalist Greens are breathing down the neck of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, narrowing the gap in their support to just three percentage points in a new opinion poll released on Wednesday.

Greens gaining on Merkel's conservatives
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In a survey by pollster Forsa for news weekly Stern, the Green party garnered 28 percent, up one point from last week. Meanwhile, Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democrats held steady at 31 percent.

The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) dropped one point to 21 percent – the party’s worst result since the summer of 2009.

Merkel’s junior coalition partners, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) continued to wallow below the threshold necessary to win seats in parliament at 4 percent. And the socialist Left party dipped 1 percentage point to 8 percent.

The poll puts voter support for Merkel’s centre-right coalition 14 points behind a potential centre-left alliance of Greens and the SPD.

The two parties will present their joint cabinet for Baden-Württemberg later on Wednesday after they were able to break the conservatives’ six-decade grip on power in the southwestern state by winning an election there on March 27.

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