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Merkel’s Party Loses German Election, Left and Liberals Gain

Three parties will probably be needed to form a government.

  • Outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union lost the election on Sunday.
  • The center-left Social Democrats (SPD) became the largest party for the first time since 2005.
  • The Greens and liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) made gains.
  • Three parties will probably be needed to form the next German government.

Results

Possible coalitions

369 seats needed for a majority

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