Merkel profile dominant in Germany but politics still in flux

Editor's note: 23 Sep 2012: With the German election over, we are putting this outside the paywall.
The latest opinion polls in Germany show Angela Merkel at her most popular. But her governing coalition partner FDP will almost certainly miss the 5% hurdle in Germany's general election, leaving the political landscape very uncertain.
Merkel, as a political figure, has gone from strength to strength, with her personal poll numbers consistently showing widespread popularity amongst the German electorate. This has puled her party up to its highest poll numbers since Merkel's election as Chancellor in 2005. Right now, the CDU/CSU parties are polling at 42% for this year's general election while the challenging SPD party is only polling at 25%. That puts Merkel in the best position to form a ...

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