Mainstream conservative parties in the state gave the far right nothing for its support.
Free Democrats (Germany)
Liberal party leader Christian Lindner argues it is better not to govern than to govern in the wrong way.
The liberals accept smaller tax cuts while the Greens soften their climate goals.
The liberal Free Democrats are hawkish on eurozone reform, but so was Wolfgang Schäuble.
A three-party coalition won’t be easy, but it looks like the only option short of minority government.
The Christian Democrats sometimes lean toward complacency. The Free Democrats would keep them sharp.
Conservative and liberal voters are looking forward to government. Social Democrats are split.
The left and right are divided on spending and taxes. On Europe and NATO, it’s the extremists versus everyone else.
The chancellor could renew her alliance with the center-left or switch to a pact with either the liberals or Greens.