>> Angela Merkel bracing herself for a bashing at the ballot box in Berlin this weekend. Voters angry about her open door migrant policy deserting her conservative CDU, heading to the right wing Alternative For Germany, or AFD. Reuters correspondent in Berlin, Madeline Chambers, says the issue has split Merkel's party.
>> The migrant crisis is the issue that voters are talking about in Berlin. It's top of the campaign. The AFD has made a lot of gains on the back of the migrant crisis. The response to that is different according to different parties. Merkel's conservative, some of them want much tougher measure on migrants.
And Merkel, herself, rejects that and says she's sticking to her course and you must fight the AFD, in particular with facts to show that this is the right thing to do.>> Germany welcomed more than a million migrants last year, fueling a surge in support for anti-immigration parties.
The AFD candidate in Berlin saying immigrants need to be prepared to go home. A poll this week putting the CDU only four points ahead of the AFD, a sizable drop from 2011.>> People predict that the conservative party will descend into more in fighting of the immigrant issue.
And the conservative party in Bavaria might up the ante with more demands about tough measure on migrants like imposing a cap on the number of migrants who come to Germany and maybe even a burka ban.>> Just a year before the next federal election, much is at stake.
While Merkel has no obvious rival, some now questioning if she'll even run for a fourth term in 2017.>>