Merkel bloc widens lead over Green party in German poll

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves to journalists at the end of a press conference following talks with Germany's state premiers on the current situation of the country's coronavirus vaccination campaign, at the Chancellery in Berlin on May 27, 2021.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc widened its lead over the Green party to 10 percentage points in a weekly poll ahead of Germany’s election on Sept 26.

The Christian Democratic Union and its Bavaria-based ally, the CSU, polled an unchanged 28 percent in Insa’s poll for Bild am Sonntag, while the Greens declined 1 percentage point to 18 percent. The Social Democrats, Merkel’s junior coalition partner since 2013, polled 17 percent.

The pro-business Free Democrats, the preferred coalition partner of Armin Laschet, the CDU-CSU’s candidate to succeed Merkel as chancellor, were unchanged at 12 percent. The nationalist Alternative for Germany declined 1 point to 10 percent and the anti-capitalist Left party stayed at 7 percent.

Merkel has led the government of Europe’s biggest economy for 16 years and isn’t seeking a fifth term in September.

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No margin of error was provided for the June 28-July 2 poll of 1,352 people.