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Germany sets election date

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 01:00

Germany looks set to hold its federal election on September 24, with Chancellor Angela Merkel seeking a fourth term in office. Ivor Bennett reports.

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Germany looks set to hold its federal election on September 24 with Chancellor Angela Merkel seeking a fourth term in office. A government spokesman says the cabinet has suggested that date to the president. It's common for the country's leader to then agree with the proposed day. Merkel faces a tough re-election campaign after allowing more than a million migrants to enter the country in the last two years. The open-borders policy has proved unpopular with some, and fuelled the rise of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party. They are expected to win enough votes to enter the federal parliament for the first time. A poll published Wednesday put Merkel's Christian Democrats and Bavarian sister party Christian Social Union on 38 percent, up one point. Another poll, published earlier this month, showed refugee policy as the number one issue for voters.

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Germany sets election date

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 01:00