Merkel wins fourth term but Germany now 'less predictable'

Historic breakthrough for AfD

Katrina Lloyd
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wins fourth term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wins fourth term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel secured her fourth term in office in yesterday's elections, but she will find forming a coalition difficult as the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party shocked the country by winning 12.6% of the vote.

In what has been called a disastrous showing for the Chancellor, Merkel's alliance between the Christian Democrat (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) parties only won 33% of the vote. This is far...

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