BERLIN, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to voters on Friday for votes as latest polls suggest a highly suspenseful election on Sunday although she looked on track to win a third term.
Merkel sent letters to about five million voters on Friday to appeal for their votes, saying that Germany has had four good years and she also wants the next four years to be good.
"If you would like to me continue serving as your chancellor, cast your ballots on Sunday and give the votes to the Christian Democrats (CDU)," she said.
Latest polls indicate that her conservative CDU party and their Bavarian CSU sister party are set to win the largest share of votes, securing Merkel a third term in office.
A Forsa poll gave CDU 40 percent support and the party's junior coalition partner the Free Democrats (FDP) 5 percent, the minimum support for entering into the lower house of parliament.
The Social Democrats (SPD), the biggest opposition party, stood at 26 percent in the poll, while the party's favored ally the Greens scored 10 percent.
The Forsa poll and several other polls all indicate that neither the centre-Right nor centre-Left enjoy a clear majority.
If there's no majority for Merkel's center-right government, the most possible outcome is a "grand coalition" of Merkel's CDU and the SPD. Merkel headed such a grand coalition during her first term in 2005-2009.
Another wild card in the election will be the Alternative for Germany (AfD),which was founded seven months ago and calls for "orderly dissolution of the euro".
Although most polls show the party cannot enter the parliament with 4 percent support, an INSA poll released on Thursday showed the AfD scored the five-percent minimum support for entering into parliament.
A strong performance of the anti-euro party in the election will make Merkel's centre-right coalition more unlikely to retain power.
ATHENS, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Greece's media have over the past few weeks run extensive reports on Greek citizens' frustration with the austerity recipe on which incumbent German Chancellor Angela Merkel insists as a way to counter the debt crisis across Europe.
Local media reported that a significant part of the debate between parties in Germany during this year's pre-election campaign has been dedicated to the Greek economic crisis. Full story