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German election 2017: Headache for Merkel as AfD make significant gains

The German parliamentary elections took place on Sunday, and as with all recent elections in the West, they didn’t quite go to plan. Angela Merkel, despite winning an historic fourth term as Chancellor, saw her numbers in the Bundestag reduced. 926 more words

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Merkel faces toughest coalition negotiation yet

Angela Merkel has a tough few months ahead of her. While the German Chancellor looks set to govern for a fourth term, her Christian Democrats (CDU) are projected to suffer their worst result since 1949, with 32.5 per cent of the vote. 691 more words

Populism

Germany's political stability could be threatened by automation

Germans head to the polls this Sunday 24 September. With Merkel set to win a fourth term as Chancellor, it has been dubbed a “sleepy” election – particularly compared to the Dutch and French campaigns a few months ago. 540 more words

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A brief guide to the German election: Merkel's coalition crossroads

Ahead of the German Bundestag election on Sunday 24th September, I have co-written a guide to understanding the election with the Legatum Institute’s Matthew Elliott. While current Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to win a fourth term and the campaign has been ‘sleepy,’ we argue that the election is more interesting than at first glance. 275 more words

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Germany’s Jews have nothing to fear from us, nationalists say after election victory

BAUTZEN, Germany — Leaders of the nationalist, anti-migrant Alternative for Germany, known by its German acronym AfD, pledged Monday to use their third-place election finish to conduct robust but “constructive” opposition, and sought to allay fears raised by Jewish groups and others about their entry into parliament. 721 more words

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German Results Reflect European Unease Over Identity, Economy

Rise of Alternative for Germany party comes at cost to Germany’s long-established parties

Electoral officials worked in Cologne, Germany, on Sunday, the day of the national election.  1,013 more words

Merkel on track for fourth term as far right set to enter Parliament, projections show

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on course to claim a fourth term in office Sunday even as the far right spoiled her victory party, surging into parliament for the first time in more than half a century, according to projections based on exit polls and official results following a nationwide vote. 1,378 more words

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