The people of Bavaria go to the polls in a crucial regional election. The conservatives, who have ruled the state for over six decades, face an electoral disaster. The potential winners are the Greens and the far-right Alternative for Germany party.
Matthew Karnitschnig Chief Europe Correspondent at Politico, who says: “A poor showing from the CSU in Bavaria is likely to make the party even more disruptive in Berlin and will raise serious questions about the stability of Merkel's coalition.”
Andrea Shalal, Senior Correspondent with Reuters News Agency, who believes that:
"The election will be a referendum on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s loveless and fractured ruling coalition."
Bettina Vestring, a freelance journalist, who argues that:
“The election in Bavaria will be a victory for democracy.”