Germany election: Merkel seeks fourth term Watch
Millions of Germans are casting their votes in the country's federal elections, with Chancellor Angela Merkel tipped to retain power. She is seeking a fourth term in office and to keep her conservative CDU/CSU alliance's status as the largest presence in Germany's parliament.
Its coalition partner, the social democratic SPD, is its main rival, while the right-wing AfD is likely to gain its first parliamentary seats. Voter turnout looks set to be high. By midday more people had voted in most regions, than by the same time in the federal elections four years ago. Mrs Merkel has cast her vote at a polling station in Berlin; the SPD's candidate for chancellor, Martin Schulz, voted earlier in the day in his home town Wuerselen in western Germany.
Merkel should be locked up.
These are the numbers according to public broadcaster ARD/infratest-dmap
Centre-right CDU/CSU: 32.5%
Centre-left SPD: 20%
Right-wing nationalist AfD: 13.5%
Liberal FDP: 10.5%
Die Linke (The Left): 9%
So SPD down to a historic post-war low. AfD getting within what everyone expected, and Merkel smashing it. All thoroughly predictable.
and merkel looks like singer Adele