News ID: 167741
Published: 0621 GMT August 28, 2016

Half of Germans against Merkel serving fourth term

Half of Germans against Merkel serving fourth term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's domestic popularity has declined, a poll showed on Sunday, with 50 percent of Germans against her serving a fourth term in office after a federal election next year.

A series of violent attacks on civilians in July, two of which were claimed by Daesh, have focused attention on Merkel's open-door migrant policy, which allowed hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere into Germany last year.

Half of the 501 people questioned in the Emnid poll for the Bild am Sonntag newspaper were against Merkel staying in office beyond the 2017 election, with 42 percent wanting her to remain, Reuters wrote.

In November, the last time Bild am Sonntag commissioned a survey on the issue, 45 percent had been in favor of Merkel serving a fourth term, with 48 percent against.

Merkel, asked about her plans for the 2017 election in an interview with regional newspapers, published on Tuesday, said: “I will comment on that at the appropriate time. I’m sticking to that.”


300,000 more new migrants

The head of Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Frank-Juergen Weise, told the newspaper that he expects a maximum of 300,000 refugees to arrive in Germany this year.

But he said he was confident the number of new arrivals would remain within the estimate.

More than one million migrants from the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa arrived in Germany last year.

The German Interior Ministry says over 390,000 people applied for asylum in the first six months of this year; however, it is not clear how many of these may have arrived in the country in 2015.


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