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German far right to 'hound' re-elected Merkel

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 01:59

Germany re-elected Chancellor Angela Merkel, but she faces an uneasy fourth term. The AfD party vowed to ‘hound’ Merkel after a surge of popularity swept them in parliament - the first far-right party to enter the Bundestag in over half a century. Rosanna Philpott reports.

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Election night in Germany. A win for Angela Merkel, taking on her fourth term as chancellor But a blow for her Conservatives and the ruin of her grand coalition. The real win came with surging support for the anti-immigrant, anti-Islam Alternative for Germany party - changing the course of German politics. The outcome sparking fury on some streets. Demonstrations erupting across Berlin, Frankfurt and Cologne. Inside the election party - celebrations. Some singing the national anthem Founded in just 2013, they're the first far right party to enter the Bundestag in more than half a century - from no seats to Germany's third largest party Top candidate Alexander Gauland warning Merkel to dress warm, saying they will hound her and vowing to take their country back. The party also promised on Sunday (September 25) night to investigate Merkel for allowing in over a million migrants in 2015 - a move they call illegal. Although all parties refuse to form a coalition with the AfD, which wants to leave the euro zone and the European Union and highlight the cost of immigration. It's forecast to have 87 seats - that means a voice in Germany's parliament and government funding. Now Merkel must turn to the uneasy task of building a coalition. Her main option is to pursue a three-way partnership with the greens and the pro-business free democrats. The so called 'Jamaica alliance' - named in a nod to the parties colours - could be fragile though, due to fundamental differences on issues from migrants to tax, the environment and Europe. It could take months. All potential partners have already voiced concern over whether they want to share power with Merkel at all. Merkel said she was sure a coalition would be agreed by Christmas.

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German far right to 'hound' re-elected Merkel

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 01:59