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Merkel votes in key election

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION German Chancellor Angela Merkel cast her vote in the national election on Sunday (September 22). She walked the short distance from her home in central Berlin to the polling station at the city's Humboldt University, accompanied by her husband Joachim Sauer. German voters are expected to hand Merkel a third four-year term, but she may be forced into an awkward coalition with her leftist rivals following a surge in support for a new anti-euro party. Europe is closely watching Germany's first national election since the eruption of the euro zone debt crisis in 2009. Some hope Merkel will take a softer stance on struggling euro states such as Greece if she is pushed into a so-called grand coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD). But major policy shifts seem unlikely because the centre-left SPD, whose campaign stalled after a gaffe-prone start by its lead candidate Peer Steinbrueck, agrees with the thrust of Merkel's approac

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