Pre-election worries about “anger and hatred,” especially in the east

Pre-election worries about 'anger and hatred,' especially in the east

Immediately before the Bundestag elections, the president of the Federal Agency for Civic Education, Thomas Kruger, expressed concern about the heated mood, especially in eastern Germany.

"This anger and hatred that can be seen on the streets these days already worries me a lot," he told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper. "I interpret this as an expression of humiliation and powerlessness."

With regard to the strengthening of the AfD, Kruger said: "We can only hope that we don’t experience our blue miracle on election day."According to recent polls, the right-wing populists could become the third-strongest force in parliament with 11 to 13 percent .

Kruger, himself a GDR citizen, said many East Germans had not come to terms with the deep rupture in 1989/90 and in the years that followed until today. And new cracks have emerged in society.

The German unification is rightly told as a success story. "But this success has often passed by those who are demonstrating there. Many have gone off the rails in the neoliberal transformation process, and it was mostly those who were already not among the upper echelons in the GDR ."Chancellor Angela Merkel, as a representative of the political system, as one who has made it, is virtually acting as a "negative foil" in such a mixed situation.

On the day before the federal election, the parties are wooing undecided voters for the last time on Saturday. CDU top candidate Merkel visits her constituency in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. SPD candidate for chancellor Martin Schulz speaks to supporters and interested citizens all the way in the west, in Aachen.

FDP leader Christian Lindner makes a stop in Dusseldorf and Left Party candidate Dietmar Bartsch comes to Rostock. The Green Party’s top candidates Kathrin Goring-Eckardt and Cem ozdemir are still on the road on a 42-hour "marathon" through all 16 German states.

Merkel and her CDU/CSU head into Sunday’s federal election with a lead in the polls. However, CDU and CSU must expect losses compared to the result of 2013. Latest polls see the Union between 34 and 36 percent. In the 2013 federal election, it had received 41.5 percent.

According to current polls published Friday, the SPD stands at 21 to 22 percent. The AfD would get 11 to 13 percent, the Left 9.5 to 11, the FDP 9 to 9.5 and the Greens 7 to 8 percent. A grand coalition of the CDU/CSU and SPD or a Jamaica alliance of the CDU/CSU, FDP and Greens appear to be the most realistic options.

Some 61.5 million Germans are expected to vote in the election. Polling stations have closed from 8.00 to 18.00 Open.

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