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German National Election Probably on Sept. 22, CDU’s Fuchs Says

Jan. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Germany will probably hold federal elections on Sept. 22, a senior member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party said.

Merkel and fellow coalition leaders will set the date for the next national election at a meeting in Berlin on Jan. 31, Bild newspaper reported, without citing anyone. While the coalition originally favored holding the election on Sept. 29, several German states were against that date, so it was settled for Sept. 22, Bild said. Bavaria is due to hold a regional election on Sept. 15.

“To my knowledge, yes, you’re right -- it will be the 22nd of September,” Michael Fuchs, a deputy parliamentary leader of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, said in an interview in Berlin today with Bloomberg Television’s Francine Lacqua.

Merkel’s coalition partner, the Free Democratic Party, “are gaining a little more ground,” Fuchs said. “We will have a hard fight for the majorities again in Germany, but I’m positive that Angela Merkel is making it again.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Tony Czuczka in Berlin at aczuczka@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alan Crawford at acrawford6@bloomberg.net

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