Merkel's deep woes are the price she paid for an uncharacteristically bold move -- opening Germany's borders to a mass influx of refugees.
German media predicted he could garner more than 90 percent of the vote from the country's oldest political party.
For a man who once compared Israeli policy towards Palestinians to an "apartheid regime", Gabriel's new role as Germany's top diplomat has raised eyebrows....
"This election will be more difficult than any before it, at least not since national reunification."
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