Merkel’s hold on Germany crumbles as new poll shows rival party closing in

Backing for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) dropped while the environmentally friendly Greens enjoyed a boost of 13 percentage points, almost closing the gap between the two parties. The survey shows trouble could be on the cards for the Chancellor’s group at the 2021 federal election. The results come after historian Thomas Meaney warned the future of Mrs Merkel’s party “is in doubt”.  

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The CDU was hit with a scandal earlier this year after some of its politicians colluded with the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the eastern state of Thuringia.  

The vote to elect liberal leader Thomas Kemmerich as state premier was described as a political earthquake.  

In the latest poll by Kantar the CDU were given 25 percent of the vote, down from the 33 percent it gained in the 2017 election.  

The Greens surged to 22 percent ahead of the nine percent it won three years ago.  

angela merkel germany news polls far rightAngela Merkel's hold on power is slipping, according to a news poll (Image: GETTY)

angela merkel germany news polls far rightAngela Merkel hit out at the 'poison' of racism after Germany's latest shooting (Image: GETTY)

Support for AfD jumped by one point to 14 percent.  

And the Social Democrats experienced a fall of five percent from 21 points to 16.  

A total of 1,509 people took part in the ballot from February 20 to 27.  

READ MORE: How Merkel is crippled by Theresa May-style party feud

angela merkel germany news polls far rightAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer resigned over the Thuringia scandal (Image: GETTY)

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