Germany: Election Results Raise Questions About the Next Government

Sep 24, 2017 | 19:18 GMT


Exit polls released after the German federal elections on Sept. 24 show that Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian partners, the Christian Social Union (CSU), received roughly 33 percent of the vote, followed by the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) with around 21 percent. Most notably, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) ended in third place, receiving more than 13 percent of the vote. While the exact results have yet to be announced, the Bundestag (Germany's federal assembly) that will emerge will be the most fragmented in decades, and there will probably be long negotiations to form the next German government....

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