Germany government wants general election Sept 22

The German government has proposed holding the country`s general election on Sept 22.

Updated: Feb 06, 2013, 21:55 PM IST

Berlin: The German government has proposed holding the country`s general election on Sept 22.

A spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that the date has been formally submitted to President Joachim Gauck. His approval is considered a formality.

Merkel will be seeking a third term as chancellor of Europe`s biggest economy.

Recent polls put Merkel`s center-right coalition slightly ahead of the main opposition bloc of Social Democrats and Greens.

But despite Merkel`s personal popularity among voters, observers say she may have to enter into a "grand coalition" with the Social Democrats if her current junior partners of the pro-business Free Democrats fail to make the 5 percent threshold needed to enter Parliament.

PTI