In Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germans are voting in a state election, which experts say it will be a test case for Chancellor Angela Merkel's grip on power.
The opinion polls advise that Mrs. Merkel's Christian Democrats could be defeated in the state for the first time since 1953. They suggest that the Social Democrats and the Greens have sufficient favor to establish governing allies.
The opposition to Mrs. Merkel's party has also been animated by anti-nuclear reaction. On March 26th a large numbers of Germans participated in what are considered to be the Germany’s massive demonstrate against nuclear power plants, in the light of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.
Japan is still striving to calm down the Fukushima plant, weakened by the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011.
The Polling booths crosswise Baden-Wuerttemberg unlocked at 0600 GMT and will shut down at 1600 GMT. Approximately eight hundred thousand people are entitled to cast their votes in one of Germany's industrial powerhouses. According to the latest polls advised that the Social Democrats and Greens could achieve 48% of the vote.
Mrs. Merkel's party and the Free Democrats, an alliance partner, are predicted to obtain about 43%. The analytics say that two special issues have determined that two specific issues have driven unhappiness against the Christian Democrats: nuclear power, especially after the severe nuclear crisis in Japan, and a strategy for a great railway project which could alter the main of Stuttgart.
Mrs. Merkel modified nuclear power policy one week earlier, hanging for three months an earlier plan to expand the duration of Germany's nuclear reactors. Four of them are existed in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
The chancellor also provisionally shut down the seven oldest reactors until a safety evaluation. But one of her cabinet minister said in a disappeared notes that such plans made on the occasion of elections "were not always lucid".
Germany - which was targeted by argue from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear crisis - has long had a biggest body of public opposition to nuclear power. Some voters say that our state willingly doesn’t give a space to our point of view which is also associated with country’s interest. Beginning results are expected soon after the voting finishes.