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>> Chancellor Angela Merkel is fighting for a historic fourth term in Germany's election. Which has been marked by the rise of the far-right. I'm Paul Carroll, Chief Correspondent for Reuters here in Berlin. And behind me is the Bundestag, which is set to be shaken up by Sunday's vote.
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After Brexit and Trump, all eyes turn to Europe. And there was great concern about the status quo being shaken up by the rise of populous parties in France and the Netherlands, that didn't materialize. Now the focus is very much on Germany, and concern about the rise of the far-right here.
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They are unlikely to take power, but they will enter Parliament. The AFD entering into German Parliament, is gonna mean that Merkel will get a tougher time. At home, in this last parliament, she's ruled together with the Social Democrats, the second biggest party. So she's had what's known as a grand coalition.
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That's given her a pretty comfortable ride at home. She's been able to pass legislation fairly easily, and it's suited her consensus-based style of politics. With the AFD in Parliament, we can expect a more robust flavor to democracy here, more robust debate. If we have a repeat of the grand coalition of Merkel's conservative block and the Social Democrats, then there is a possibility that the AFD could be the third biggest party.
00:01:14
And with that, they'll effectively lead the opposition. And they have said they want to see Merkel severely punished. What is also very apparent, is that all the major parties are concerned that about a third of voters, according to pollsters, have not yet made up their minds. So I was up in Hamburg, the city of Merkel's birth, on Wednesday evening.
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And she was telling people there, it's not over yet. Please, get your friends and colleagues out to vote. Please encourage them to vote.