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German left parties regain ground: poll

(Xinhua)

09:57, September 15, 2011

BERLIN, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The German parliament is expected to undergo power rebalancing as left wing parties launched a forceful comeback, poll showed on Wednesday.

The latest poll by Forsa, which questioned 2,500 voters on their political intentions, showed that Social Democratic Party (SPD) has come back to its peak since February 2008, claiming 29 percent of supporting rate, in comparison to 31 percent by Merkel's ruling conservative Christian Democrats (CDU).

SPD, the largest opposition party, got a potent buttress from a stable 19 percent support rate for the environmentalist Greens, as the traditional left wings were tipped to put up a foreseeable coalition with the combined rate standing at 48 percent in the German parliament.

The current ruling center-left coalition consisting of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Free Democratic Party (FDP) saw their support rate slipping to 35 percent, far trailing the SPD-Greens combined by 13 percentages, as the government's handling of the euro zone crisis incurred growing discontent among German voters.

The situation was exacerbated by a growingly divisiveness inside the coalition over a number of disagreements, particularly on the future bailout program to debt-wracked Greece.

According to the poll, the CDU and its sister party the Christian Social Union together lost one percentage point, while the FPD was bogged down by four percent, with its qualification to get into parliament putting into question.

The left-wing has benefited from a number of key issues this year, as the debate on nuclear power in the spring favored the Greens politically, while the current economic disparities have helped SPD dramatically as 16 percent of the people commit their trust to its capability of managing current problem.

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