Merkel odds-on to win German elections, but AFD could surprise
Germany heads to the polls on Sunday and the odds suggest Angela Merkel will be untroubled in the Election.
The Chancellor’s CDU/CSU alliance are 1/100 to claim the most seats in this weekend’s vote.
The SPD are the union’s only realistic rivals, and even then they’re a lengthy 16/1 to pull off a surprise.
Indeed the SPD are on course to come second, and it’s odds-on at 4/5 that the trio combine to form a coalition in the Bundestag.
Although a coalition won’t be required if the CDU/CSU can win a majority. At 25/1 however, it looks unlikely.
But most of the attention will be on the fight for third.
In a trend seen across Europe in recent years, Germany’s right-wing party the AfD have seen a sizeable rise in popularity.
Recent polls suggest the party, formed in 2013, could gain as much as 12% of the vote in Sunday’s Election.
Four years ago they recorded 4.8% of the people’s vote, just missing out on the 5% threshold required for a seat.
They’re in a close fight with Die Linke, The FDP and The Greens, but our traders make AfD 4/5 to claim the most votes of that quartet.
That would effectively leave them in third and as the largest non-government outfit in German Parliament, with up to and around 50 seats.
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