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Merkel Wins Reelection But Will Need More Parties to Govern

The Christian Democrats would need the support of the liberals and Greens.

  • 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.

Results

Party

Votes

Seats

2013

2017

2013

2017

Union
Angela Merkel
41.5% 33% 311 245
SPD
Martin Schulz
26% 20.5% 193 153
AfD
Alexander Gauland, Alice Weidel
5% 13% 0 87
FDP
Christian Lindner
5% 11% 0 80
Left
Dietmar Bartsch, Sahra Wagenknecht
9% 9% 64 69
Greens
Katrin Göring‑Eckardt, Cem Özdemir
8% 9% 63 67