Germany’s Merkel and Laschet in last rally before election

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"And this future government, I think we all agree, should ensure prosperity, security and peace. And that is what we are standing here for, because we in the Christian Democratic Union are making you an offer," said Merkel, who also called for the election of Laschet, referring to his clearly pro-European stance. She applauded strongly when Laschet again warned against a left-wing alliance of SPD, Greens and Left.

Other parties are also using the day before the election for big last rallies hoping to sway any last minute voters.

In three polls published on Friday, the SPD was ahead of the CDU/CSU in each case. The Greens then followed in third place, well ahead of the FDP, AfD and the Left.With just a few points between each of the parties on Saturday the election is still open.