Germany votes to pick Merkel’s successor


Germans are voting on Sunday in a nationwide election to elect a new parliament and determine who will succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor.

Christian Democrats’ Armin Laschet and Social Democrats’ Olaf Scholz are frontrunners in the race, while the Greens’ candidate, Annalena Baerbock, is third in the latest surveys.


Days before the polls, nearly 35% of voters were still undecided about who they would vote for or if they would vote at all, making predictions difficult ahead of the historic vote.

Merkel is still the country’s most popular politician but she is not running for another term and will step down after the formation of a new government.