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Germany: Merkel hits last stop before Germans go to the polls01:31

Germany: Merkel hits last stop before Germans go to the polls

Germany, Stralsund
September 21, 2013 at 12:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: Merkel hits last stop before Germans go to the polls

Around 1,200 people listened to German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak in her constituency, Stralsund, Saturday, at her final rally before Germans head to the polls to vote in Sunday's federal election. Welcomed by the sound of drums, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader gained the stage after a small struggle with the stairs.

In her speech, Merkel emphasised the benefits of European unity, also referring to domestic issues such as a proposed minimum wage in all sectors, plans to fight youth unemployment and a strategy to make Germany more attractive for large companies.

Merkel, Germany's first female chancellor, is vying for a third four-year term in office as the leader of Europe's largest economy. Although Merkel's CDU is leading in the polls over Peer Steinbrueck's Social Democratic Party (SDP) no poll shows a clear majority for the current ruling coalition of CDU and the Free Democratic Party (FDP).

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Germany: Merkel hits last stop before Germans go to the polls

Around 1,200 people listened to German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak in her constituency, Stralsund, Saturday, at her final rally before Germans head to the polls to vote in Sunday's federal election. Welcomed by the sound of drums, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader gained the stage after a small struggle with the stairs.

In her speech, Merkel emphasised the benefits of European unity, also referring to domestic issues such as a proposed minimum wage in all sectors, plans to fight youth unemployment and a strategy to make Germany more attractive for large companies.

Merkel, Germany's first female chancellor, is vying for a third four-year term in office as the leader of Europe's largest economy. Although Merkel's CDU is leading in the polls over Peer Steinbrueck's Social Democratic Party (SDP) no poll shows a clear majority for the current ruling coalition of CDU and the Free Democratic Party (FDP).