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Angela Merkel wins fourth term as nationalists surge in German elections

Angela Merkel wins fourth term as nationalists surge in German elections

John Ashmore

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Angela Merkel has won her fourth term in Germany, but the victory has been overshadowed by a surge in support for the right wing AfD party.


The Chancellor's CDU/CSU bloc recorded their worst results in 70 years, but remain the largest group in the German parliament. 

Meanwhile the anti-immigration AfD polled 12.6% of the popular vote and will become the third largest party in the Bundestag. 

The result was met with protests outside the AfD headquarters in Berlin, as well as in Frankfurt and Cologne.

Mrs Merkel said she had hoped for a "better result" and would now listen to the "concerns, worries and anxieties" of voters.

Meanwhile, it was a bad night for the Social Democrats, who had been in coalition with Mrs Merkel's bloc but will now go into opposition.

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