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High stakes for Merkel in presidential poll
Failure for German chancellor's candidate in Wednesday's vote may trigger election.
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2010 21:09 GMT

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, faces an uphill battle to get Christian Wulff, her candidate, elected as president in a vote to be held on Wednesday.

Merkel's popularity ratings have hit their lowest ever, damaged in part by Germany's bailout for Greece, which is costing German tax-payers billions of dollars.

Many political analysts agree that a loss for Wulff may trigger an early election.

Alan Fisher reports from Berlin.

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