Germany: Berliner voters share election predictions

Berliners shared their predictions on the outcome of the federal election as they cast their ballots in the 2017 Federal Election in the Kreuzberg area, Sunday. The majority of voters voiced their concerns over the apparent rise in popularity for the right-wing Alternative for Germany party (AfD), which could enter parliament if it passes the five percent margin. «The biggest hope is that that... Еще the AfD do not get into parliament, I think that’s my biggest concern,» Berlin citizen Patrick Timm stressed. Another voter, Soltan Soltau, said «people don't know what they are going to do once they get into parliament, and how bad these people are going to be,» however, he also said «I think they [AfD] will not remain strong for a long time.» Around 88,000 polling stations across the country were open from 08:00 local time (06:00 GMT) until 18:00. More than 61.5 million people are eligible to vote in the federal elections. Opinion polls are led by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Her strongest contender for the Chancellorship is former President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, whose Social Democratic Party (SPD) is the minority party in the current government.

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