Germany's polling stations opened at 06:00 GMT Sunday for voting in the parliamentary elections, which will draw the curtains on the 16-year reign of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

More than 60 million eligible citizens were summoned to vote in the country, the European Union's biggest economy, until booths close at 16:00 GMT.

The latest polls show a slight advantage of one or two points for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) of vice chancellor and finance minister Olaf Scholz, against Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) candidate, Armin Laschet.