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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 Democrats 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 Democrats (FDP) made gains.
  • Three parties will probably be needed to form the next German government.

Results

Party

Votes

Seats

2017

2021

2017

2021

SPD
Olaf Scholz
20.5% 26% 152 206
Union
Armin Laschet
33% 24% 245 196
Greens
Annalena Baerbock
9% 15% 67 118
FDP
Christian Lindner
11% 11.5% 80 92
AfD
Alice Weidel, Tino Chrupalla
13% 10% 87 83
Left
Janine Wissler, Dietmar Bartsch
9% 5% 69 39

Possible coalitions

368 seats needed for a majority

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