Merkel: Butikofer on how German Chancellor is 'presenting' Macron
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel was forced to get involved in the election campaign for her would-be successor Armin Laschet this weekend amid falling levels of support for the SDP candidate. Ms Merkel’s party achieved its lowest support result ever seen in a recent poll, suggesting the party could struggle to gain ground on polling day. With a month and four days until Germans hit the polls, the SDP, Ms Merkel and Mr Laschet are grappling to gain ground lost with voters amid a climb in support for centre-left and environmental candidates.
Germans will head to the polls on September 26 to have their say about what they want for Germany’s political future.
After almost 16 years as Chancellor, Ms Merkel will step down from her position this year.
The latest polls reveal it is likely Ms Merkel’s party could struggle to win another term on September 26.
The election campaign for her center-right bloc kicked off its official election run this week amid a worrying slump in the polls.
The humiliating poll ratings have been reported amid rising criticism of Ms Merkel’s intended successor Armin Laschet.
Mr Laschet spoke at a rally on Saturday alongside the current Chancellor.
Ms Merkel has largely remained out of the campaign so far, but in a bid to boost her party’s position, she took part on August 21.
The event, a rally in Berlin, came as polls revealed support for Ms Merkel’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) dropped to 23 percent.
This meant the party was only a few points ahead of centre-left rivals the Social Democrats and the Greens.
The current Chancellor has been popular during her time in office.
But she revealed in 2018 she would not seek another term.
The Union took 32.9 percent of the vote in the last election in 2017.
In its best result under Ms Merkel, in 2013, the bloc won 41.5 percent of the vote.
But now polls reveal the party is struggling to maintain this performance
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The latest poll aggregator result from Politico reveals the CDU/CSU alliance is ahead with 24 percent of the vote as of August 18.
Ms Merkel’s SDP is in second place with 20 percent of the vote share, closely followed by Alliance ‘90/The Greens (Grune) with 18 percent.
The Free Democratic Party (FDP) is in fourth place with 12 percent of the vote.
The Alternative for Germany party is in fifth place with 11 percent of the vote, while Die Linke (the Left) has seven percent of the vote share.
In a recent poll from Insa for Bild am Sonntag, support for the CDU and its Bavaria-based CSU affiliate declined three percentage points to 22 percent.
This left them level with the Social Democrats, who gained two points compared to last week.
The pro-business Free Democrats rose one percentage point to 13 percent and the Green party fell by one percentage point to 17 percent according to the poll conducted from August 16 to 20.
The Insa poll of 1,352 people reveals the lowest levels of backing ever for the CDU-CSU, which is struggling to find its place in the race without Ms Merkel at the helm.
Speaking on Saturday at the Berlin rally, Ms Merkel called on her party to rally behind Mr Laschet.
She said: “The cards are being reshuffled. This is worth fighting for.”
Mr Laschet criticised his left-leaning rivals and said under their governance taxes would increase threatening the post-Covid economy.
He said: “We will fight — I will fight with everything that I can — so that this country is not taken over by ideologues, so that we have the opportunity to implement our ideas for this modern Germany.
“That is what we are fighting for. We will give everything we can, we will make the differences with the others clear. Who governs is fundamental. We want to govern.”
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