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Merkel heads for fourth term in power

on Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:28 pm
AfD in line to be first rightwing party since the Nazis to enter German parliament

Angela Merkel is heading for a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor after exit polls following Sunday’s election pointed to a clear victory for her conservative Christian Democrat-led alliance.

In a result that will keep Ms Merkel at the heart of European affairs, the country’s 61m voters also gave unprecedented backing to her nationalist opponents — the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany, which will surge into the Bundestag after capitalising on widespread discontent over the refugee crisis.

Exit polls gave Ms Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc 33 per cent of the vote. The Social Democrat party led by Martin Schulz appeared to have won a 21 per cent share, according to the polls. 

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