RISE OF THE RIGHT 12.6%
German chancellor Angela Merkel’s centreright Christian Democrat-led alliance took 33% of the vote in Germany’s federal election on 24 September – its worst result since 1949 but enough to remain the largest force in parliament. Merkel would now face tough negotiations in coming weeks as she attempts to engineer a governing coalition that can withstand pressure from the far right, The Guardian reported. The Social Democrats – Merkel’s government partners since 2013 – also suffered their worst post-war result, taking 21%. The rightwing populist and Eurosceptic political party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) secured 12.6%, marking the first time in almost six decades that an openly nationalist party will enter the Bundestag, the report read.