Germany has become 'less predictable': Merkel wins fourth term but far-right AfD makes historic breakthrough

Win first seats in Bundestag

Katrina Lloyd
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She has won her fourth consecutive election
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She has won her fourth consecutive election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel secured her fourth term in office in yesterday's elections, but she will find forming a coalition difficult as the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party shocked the country by winning 12.6% of the vote.

In what has been called a disastrous showing for the Chancellor, Merkel's alliance between the Christian Democrat (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) parties only won 33% of the vote. This is far...

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