A dedicated thread to the German Federal Election September 22nd 2013:
While Angela Merkel has become a figure of hate in many European states struggling under austerity, the Christian democratic union and it's Bavarian sister party the Christian socialist union look set to stay the largest party in the Bundestag possibly makings gains of over 5%, while voters potentially fleeing their coalition partners the liberal party (FDP/yellow).
The CDU/CSU (black) have been polling
from high 30% to low 40% while main rivals the socialist party (SPD/red) are languishing in the mid 20% range. The main shifts will be amongst smaller parties, the greens who made large gains in the federal state elections including becoming the largest party in the CDU heartland of Baden-Württemberg are only polling small gains of about 3 - 5% (They got 10% of the vote in 2009 election) while the FDP could possibly be knocked out of the Bundestag as they're hovering about the 5% mark. It looks like a meltdown for the FDP after a record of 14.6% in the 2009 election. The left (red) could drop a few % from 11% in 2009 election.