German conservatives raise spectre of far-left rule ahead of election

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By Thomas Escritt BERLIN (Reuters) – A shadow is looming over Germany’s election: the spectre of the far-left Linke party, heir to the communists who once ruled East Germany, coming in from the political wilderness. At least, that is what Angela Merkel’s conservatives want voters to think. Behind in polls just days before Sunday’s vote, her would-be successor is warning that Social Democrats, if victorious, would let the far-left into power. “You have to have a clear position on the extremists,” conservative candidate Armin Laschet told his Social Democratic rival Olaf Scholz during a televise…

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