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Germany's SPD seen beating Merkel's conservatives in election - poll
February 6, 2017 / 2:17 PM / 9 months ago

Germany's SPD seen beating Merkel's conservatives in election - poll

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) would beat Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives if an election was held today, a poll said on Monday, showing the centre-left party was still building on positive momentum after electing Martin Schulz as leader.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits a vantage point overlooking Valletta during a break in the European Union leaders summit in Valletta, Malta, February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman

The SPD, Merkel’s junior coalition partner, has been trailing the conservatives for years in opinion polls and last won an election under Gerhard Schroeder in 2002.

The poll by INSA for Bild newspaper put the SPD on 31 percent, and the conservatives on 30 percent.

The populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) was projected third with 12 percent, followed by the hard-left Die Linke on 10 percent.

Reporting by Joseph Nasr and Michael Nienaber; Editing by Louise Ireland

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