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5 things you need to know about the German election

The Germans head to the polls on Sunday in an election that could dictate the future of the eurozone as Angela Merkel defends her position against Martin Schulz for a fourth term as Chancellor.

The polls are pointing to a win for Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, with Schulz’s Social Democratic Party in second place, although support for the two major parties have slipped in recent weeks. Instead, backing has increased for the euroskeptic Alternative for Germany, which is now on track to become the third largest party in Germany.

Merkel, however, is still overwhelmingly expected to win. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power puts a 98% probability that Germany’s “mutti” will stay as chancellor and less than a 1% chance that Schulz can claim power.

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