Germany Election Playbook: It’s a cliffhanger — Rowdy reception for Laschet — Youngsters go for Gotland

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09-17-2021

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon PollyPOLITICO’s must-read daily digest from the final stretch of the German election campaign. COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE: Our election hub is the one-stop shop for news, features and polls; our live data tracker has all the need-to-know numbers. On Saturday, Laschet will attend three campaign events in his home state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where he is state premier. The least unpopular option in the latest survey by pollster FG Wahlen for public broadcaster ZDF appears to be the “traffic light” coalition of SPD, Greens and FDP. SUBSCRIBE to the POLITICO newsletter family: Brussels Playbook | London Playbook | Playbook Paris | EU Confidential | Sunday Crunch | EU Influence | London Influence | AI: Decoded | Digital Bridge | China Direct | D.C. Playbook | All our POLITICO Pro policy morning newsletters

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