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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.

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