Germany's Alternative for Germany (AfD), which was founded seven months ago and calls for the "orderly dissolution of the euro," could win just enough votes to enter parliament, said an opinion poll on Thursday.
The poll from independent institute INSA showed the AfD scored 5%, the minimum support for entering parliament, Xinhua reported. This means that a strong performance of the anti-euro party in the election will make Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition more unlikely to retain power.
Despite Merkel's personal popularity, the coalition government formed by the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Free Democrats (FDP) hangs in the balance as opinion polls indicate a highly suspenseful race.
Recent surveys showed that the CDU bloc held steady at 38-39 percent, while the FDP hovers around 5%. This means Merkel's coalition may not reach a combined majority in the election. If the FDP fails to garner five percent minimum support for entering lower house or the AfD garners enough votes to clear the parliament hurdle, Merkel may be forced to form a coalition with opposition challenger Peer Steinbrueck's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD).