Saturday 24 February 2018

Anti-euro party could enter German parliament - poll

Chancellor Merkel gestures during her speech at an election campaign event in Schwerin
Chancellor Merkel gestures during her speech at an election campaign event in Schwerin

For the first time a new German anti-euro party has cleared the 5pc threshold for entering parliament in an opinion poll, indicating

Chancellor Angela Merkel might be unable to repeat her centre-right coalition after Sunday's election.

The INSA poll for Bild daily released today put Merkel's conservatives on 38pc and the FDP on 6pc, giving a combined total of 44pc - one percentage point lower than the total for the three left-of-centre parties.

The poll, conducted after last Sunday's state election in Bavaria, gave the eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) 5pc, the amount needed to enter the Bundestag lower house.

It put the opposition Social Democrats (SPD) on 28pc, the Greens 8pc and the hardline Left 9pc.

Reuters

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