German anti-euro party prompts wild card fear for Merkel
BERLIN (AFP) - Germany's fledgling anti-euro party poses an election threat to Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition after clawing support amid fresh Greek aid fears, analysts say.
The Alternative for Germany (AfD) is a small party calling for Europe's top economy to ditch the single currency and, some pollsters say, could even exceed forecasts and leap into parliament after the September 22 vote.
Even if it doesn't, in Germany's delicate see-saw coalition system, the AfD could tip the balance by wooing disgruntled centre-right voters away from Dr Merkel's conservatives in her bid for a third term or from her already troubled allies.
"The AfD, above all, is drawing voters from the middle-class camp," political scientist Jens Walther, of Duesseldorf University, told AFP, referring to Dr Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Free Democratic Party (FDP) junior partners.