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A cyclist passes a European election poster of Bernd Lucke, Chairman of Germany's Eurosceptic party "Alternative for Germany" (AfD) in Hamburg, May 20.
A cyclist passes a European election poster of Bernd Lucke, Chairman of Germany's Eurosceptic party "Alternative for Germany" (AfD) in Hamburg, May 20.
(FABIAN BIMMER/REUTERS)

Online tool helps befuddled German voters

If you were German and were voting in Sunday’s European Union elections, who would you choose?

A lot of Germans have no idea, because the poll list is cluttered with some 25 parties. They range from the mainstream centre-left and centre-right standbys to the Pirates (transparency and freedom of information), Alternative for Germany (pro-Europe but anti-euro, confusingly) and a party simply called The Party (linked to the satirical magazine Titanic and, among other follies, devoted to the launch of a “lazy quota” for leading management positions).