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Published: Wednesday March 12, 2014 MYT 4:45:03 PM
Updated: Wednesday March 12, 2014 MYT 4:47:09 PM

Merkel's coalition gets poll boost from Ukraine crisis mediation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel adjusts her microphones during the opening ceremony of the Hanover technology fair Cebit March 9, 2014, where Britain is this year's partner country. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

German Chancellor Angela Merkel adjusts her microphones during the opening ceremony of the Hanover technology fair Cebit March 9, 2014, where Britain is this year's partner country. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition has risen thanks to her prominent role in efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the stand-off with Russia over Ukraine, according to a new poll released on Wednesday.

Merkel's conservatives were up 2 points at 42 percent in the Forsa poll for Stern magazine and broadcaster RTL and her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners rose 1 point to 23 percent.

"The chancellor, who is in constant contact with U.S. President (Barack) Obama and Russian President (Vladimir) Putin, continues to be perceived as a crisis manager," said Forsa chief Manfred Guellner.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, from the SPD which formed a coalition with Merkel late last year, has also played a high-profile role in diplomatic attempts to resolve the conflict over Russia's occupation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea.

Steinmeier's personal approval rating has risen in opinion polls - higher even than the chancellor's in some surveys - but the SPD has not benefited as much as the conservatives.

The opposition Left and Greens both fell a point in the Forsa poll, to 10 and nine percent respectively.

(Reporting by Stephen Brown; Editing by Madeline Chambers)

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