More than half of Germans no longer want Angela Merkel to continue as chancellor, according to new opinion polls released on Friday.
Support for Mrs Merkel’s party and her coalition partners fell to their lowest ever levels in a clear sign confidence in her government is rapidly fading.
Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party were at just 25 per cent in a poll for ARD television, down from 32.9 per cent in last year’s election. A rival poll for ZDF television had the CDU at 27 per cent.
Mrs Merkel’s main coalition partners, the centre-Left Social Democrats, fell to fourth place with just 14 per cent in both polls.
The findings are the lowest ever figures for Germany’s two main parties in either poll, and reflect the growing upheaval in the country’s political scene.
The Green Party, which made significant gains in regional elections in Bavaria last week, continues to be the main beneficiary, surging to second place with 20 per cent in the ZDF poll, and 19 per cent according to the ARD.