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Merkel Faces Volatile Coalition Options If Election Goes Her Way

  • From German four-party alliance to residual risk of deadlock
  • Third-place race in Sept. 24 vote is ‘most exciting’: Brzeski
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How Germany Votes: Everything You Need to Know

Angela Merkel’s poll lead in Germany’s election campaign is so wide that interviewers already are asking her to preview the next government. While the chancellor persistently avoids the question, the range of possible ruling coalitions after the Sept. 24 vote is likely to be the broadest yet.

With Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union-led bloc ahead and Martin Schulz’s Social Democrats polling second, the wide-open race for third place is “the most exciting feature” and could have a key influence on German policy toward Europe, ING-Diba economist Carsten Brzeski said in a note.