Briefing Why a Merkel victory in Germany's elections isn't a sure thing

The chancellor remains immensely popular among the public, but the German electoral system means that she still faces hurdles in this weekend's election.


Germans overwhelmingly support their current chancellor, Angela Merkel, in her bid for re-election. She polls in popularity at double that of her closest rival, Peer Steinbrück. So the federal elections on Sept. 22 in Germany are yawner, right?