>> Germany looks set to hold its federal election on September 24th with Chancellor Angela Merkel seeking a 4th term in office. A government spokesman says the cabinet has suggested that date for the German president. It's common for them to then agree with the proposed day. Merkel faces a tough re-election campaign after allowing more than a million migrants to enter the country in the last two years.
The open borders policy has proved unpopular with some and fueled the rise of the anti immigrant alternative for Germany party. They're expected to win enough votes to enter the federal parliament for the first time. A poll published on Wednesday put Merkel's Christian Democrats and Bavarian sister party Christian Social Union on 38%, up one point.
Another poll published earlier this month showed refugee policy as the number one issue for voters.