With just one week to go to the German Bundestag elections, substantive policy issues have not been very prominent in the election campaign.
The campaign has focused almost exclusively on domestic policy and the reforms to be made in several areas. The opposition Social Democrats (SPD) have tried to place social justice high on the agenda, whereas the governing Christian Democrats (CDU) have campaigned on the popularity of the Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
The CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) is polling at around 40 per cent of the vote at the moment. However, the low scores of the CDU/CSU’s current coalition partner, the Liberal Free Democrats party (FDP), means that there is currently a balance between left-leaning and right-leaning parties.
The current opinion polls suggest that neither bloc has sufficient support to form a majority – making a grand coalition a possibility.
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