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Merkel’s alliance falls behind Social Democrats for first time in 16 years, just a month before general elections – poll

Germany's Social Democratic Party has garnered enough public support to beat Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right CDU/CSU bloc and emerge as the strongest political force just a month before the crucial national vote.

The Social Democrats have emerged as the strongest political force in Germany, according to one of the leading market research and opinion polling companies in Germany – the Forsa Institute. The center-left party enjoys the support of 23% of Germans, the Forsa poll, published on Tuesday, says.

That puts the Social Democrats one percentage point ahead of their long-time coalition partners, Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and their Bavarian allies from the Christian Social Union. Together, the liberal-conservative bloc known as 'the Union' is backed by 22% of the German citizens, the poll conducted for the German RTL and n-tv

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