German anti-euro party tipped to win first seat in state assembly

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: August 31, 2014 - 1:15 AM

BERLIN — A party that wants Germany to ditch the euro currency is tipped to win its first seat in a state assembly Sunday.

A recent poll conducted for public broadcaster ZDF predicts that the party Alternative for Germany will receive 7 percent of the vote in elections for the Saxony state parliament.

This would be enough for the party, founded only last year, to clear the 5-percent hurdle needed to enter parliament.

The party narrowly missed entering the national parliament and the Hesse state assembly last year, but won seven seats in the European Parliament this May.

The poll puts Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union in the lead with 40.5 percent, ahead of the Left Party with 19 percent and the center-left Social Democrats with 15 percent.

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