Poll: Merkel’s Coalition Gains Support After Berlin Attack

Berlin, Approval ratings for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition has risen in the wake of a terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin last week, a recent poll by the Berlin-based Forsa showed according to the DPA news agency.

Merkel saw support for her Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian-based allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), climb by 2 percent over the last week to reach 38 percent.

The coalition’s support took a hit over the past year due to an internal clash over the handling of the refugee crisis, DPA reported.

“As always, when people are stirred up by such terrible acts, the electorate tends to want to avoid experiments and prefers to fall in behind the government in power,” Forsa chief executive Manfred Guellner said.

Twelve people were killed and 50 were wounded when 24-year-old Tunisian Anis Amri, who had allegedly pledged allegiance to the ISIS group, drove a steel-laden truck into pedestrians at a Christmas market in a busy central street in Berlin. The assailant has since been killed in a confrontation with Italian police near Milan.

Source: Qatar News Agency