German elections 2017 live: Polls open as Angela Merkel seeks fourth term – latest news

German voters went to the polls on Sunday for a general election which is almost guaranteed to return Angela Merkel as Chancellor for a fourth term, though the vote risks being overshadowed by a surge in support for the far-right AfD. 

  • tom_billesley

    On Friday, axe attacker Fatmir H., a Kosovan asylum seeker, was committed to a psychiatric ward. The 37-year-old, diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, wounded nine people in a rampage 9 March 2017 when a train pulled into Duesseldorf station.
    It’s probable that German language media wouldn’t take an interest.

  • tom_billesley

    In the first six months of 2017 the number of recorded sex crimes in Bavaria rose by 48 percent. The revelation that asylum seekers were often suspects has opened a difficult discussion in the southern state.

    • Editor

      ” . . . journalist Ulrike Heidenreich said that women who welcomed refugees into Germany in 2015 now have a very different attitude.”

  • marty_p

    Hear Ye Hear Ye – watch Germany continue on its path to self destruction.

  • simus1

    Germans always seem to have a lot of difficulty finding somewhat honest, realistic, decent leaders to vote for. As recent history shows, the problem is becoming ever more widespread beyond their borders as well.

  • tom_billesley

    The polls have closed.

    Exit poll shows Chancellor Merkel’s CDU/CSU alliance has won the most seats in the federal election, with 32.5% of the vote. The social democratic SPD, led by Martin Schulz, has fallen to a new post-war low of 20%, according to the exit poll.

    In a shock result, according to the projection, the right-wing nationalist AfD will win 13.5% and will enter the Bundestag for the first time.

    These are the numbers according to public broadcaster ARD/infratest-dmap
    Centre-right CDU/CSU: 32.5%
    Centre-left SPD: 20%
    Right-wing nationalist AfD: 13.5%
    Liberal FDP: 10.5%
    Greens: 9.5%
    Die Linke (The Left): 9%

  • WalterBannon

    German voters went to the polls on Sunday for a general election which is almost guaranteed to return Angela Merkel Frau Hitler as Chancellor for a fourth term

  • Bless his heart

    Vote AfD.

    Vote for the socialists that will fight the Muslim conquest of Germany, Europe, and Western Civilization.

  • A Hamilton Guy

    Hey BC: All your comments show a zero, until we enter. Is somebody screwing with you?