Merkel Wins Reelection in Germany But Will Need More Parties to Govern

The Christian Democrats remain the largest party but will need support from the liberals and the Greens.

German party leaders Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz
German party leaders Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz (EPP/Bayern SPD)
  • Germany could see a three-party “Jamaica” coalition after its election on Sunday.
  • Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats lost support but are still the largest party.
  • The Social Democrats suffered an historic defeat and have ruled out continuing the left-right “grand coalition”.
  • The far-right Alternative for Germany has become the third largest party with strong support from the formerly communist East.
  • The liberal Free Democrats, Greens and far-left Die Linke share fourth place.

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