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 Democratic Union lost support but are still the largest party.
  • The Social Democrats (SPD) suffered an historic defeat and have ruled out continuing the left-right “grand coalition”.
  • The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has become the third party with strong support from the formerly communist East.
  • The liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) returned to parliament after falling under the electoral threshold in 2013.


355 seats needed for a majority