Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party along with its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), both led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, are leading in German federal elections with 32.5%, according to ZDF broadcaster poll, while Martin Schulz's Social Democrats are coming in the second place with 20% of votes.

The CDU (Christian Democratic Union) received between 32 and 34 percent of the votes and is poised to form the largest faction in the German parliament, preliminary forecasts show.
However, its support has significantly fallen in comparison to the last election, when Merkel’s party received 41.5 percent of votes.
The AfD will enter parliament for the first time, after the anti-immigrant party secured the backing of around 13 percent of voters, according to exit polls. It is the first time the AfD has secured MPs, with the party failing to enter the legislative body back in 2013.
The current elections appear to have ended in failure for the Social Democrats (SPD), who only gained around 20 percent of the vote, their lowest return in the last 20 years.
However, even their losses look like turning out to be smaller than those of Merkel’s CDU, as the SPD lost 5.5 percent of votes compared to the last parliamentary polls, while for the CDU this figure amounts to as much as around 9 percent.
The elections were successful for the Free Democrats (FDP), who will now enter parliament with 10.5 percent support. Back in 2013, the party failed to clear the 5-percent threshold and did not enter the Bundestag.
Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party along with its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), both led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, are leading in German federal elections with 32.5%, according to ZDF broadcaster poll, while Martin Schulz's Social Democrats are coming in the second place with 20% of votes. Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party along with its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), both led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, are leading in German federal elections with 32.5%, according to ZDF broadcaster poll, while Martin Schulz's Social Democrats are coming in the second place with 20% of votes. Reviewed by Alexander Von Stern on 09:36:00 Rating: 5