Merkel rises high in the polls
Angela Merkel has seen her Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) take a massive leap in the polls since her tough stance over Greece and leadership style over the Eurozone crisis.
With Germany seeing increased growth and low unemployment, the CDU now stands on 38% in the latest opinion poll by Forsa as published in Stern magazine. The last time the CDU saw such support was in the federal election in 2009 when they scored 33.8% support.
The CDUs coalition partner, the Free Democratic Party is not faring as well, taking just 3%, a drop from 14.6% in the 2009 election.
The Social Democratic Party (SDP), the main opposition, is standing on 27%, up slightly from the 2009 poll when they took 23% of the vote.
The apparent losers in this latest poll are the Greens. They have dropped to 13% after a very successful 2011 when they saw massive gains in state elections.
The Left (DL) are on 8% and the Pirate Party is on 7%.