16:00 - "L'incertitude des électeurs et un faible taux de participation signifient que les résultats des élections sont imprévisibles et Merkel devrait se préparer à des surprises désagréables" rapporte Sputnik News citant Deusche Welle.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Crunch Time: Merkel Should Brace For unpredictable Election Results
Sputnik News, le 13 Mars 2016
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The results of Sunday's regional elections in Germany may spring a mine on Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to the German news network Deutsche Welle.
Regional elections in Germany have become more unpredictable than ever, and they could have a big impact on the fate of Chancellor Angela Merkel and her party, the Christian Democratic Union, Deutsche Welle reported, referring to Sunday's regional polls in the country.
According to Deutsche Welle, the elections will for the first time enable German citizens to punish Merkel for her controversial and irreconcilable migration policy.
Also, the state legislature elections of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt may affect the balance of power in the federal government, Deutsche Welle said.
When asked how she was preparing for the Sunday elections, Merkel, in turn, admitted that she "will have to keep her fingers crossed."
Deutsche Welle recalled that the Sunday elections come amid the ever-increasing popularity ratings of the right-wing German party Alternative for Germany (AfD), which finished third in municipal elections in the country's central state of Hesse on March 6.
If the AfD manages to make it to the parliaments of the three German states, this populist anti-immigrant party will be able to block the German government's decisions in the future, Deutsche Welle pointed out.
"Under these circumstances, even those who do not believe in the feasibility of the AfD's program will vote for this party just in a bid to teach the Chancellor a harsh lesson," Deutsche Welle said.
The news network referred to the results of the latest polls, revealing that more than one third of Germans were in the dark about all those running in the elections; many others said that they did not even know whether they will cast ballots on Sunday. The population's uncertainty along with a low turnout means that the election results will be unpredictable and Merkel should brace herself for unpleasant surprises, Deusche Welle concludes.
The AfD demands that Germany must strengthen its border controls amid the ongoing refugee crisis and that asylum seekers who have no right to stay in the country be deported. Merkel recently condemned the Alternative for Germany's rhetoric, saying that it inflames prejudices and polarizes society.
She has repeatedly been slammed for her open door policy as the growing influx of refugees has raised security concerns among the local population.
However, despite opposition from the electorate and a number of German politicians, Merkel has refused to close the country's borders and set a limit on the number of newcomers.