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German Greens Surge in New Poll to Take Lead Over Merkel’s CDU

Germany’s Green party opened up a seven-point lead over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc with five months to go before a national election.

A poll by Forsa released on the day the CDU/CSU confirmed the moderate Armin Laschet as its candidate, showed 28% of respondents backing the Greens, 21% with the CDU/CSU, and 13% with the center-left SPD.