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Joy and disappointment on German election day

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 01:23

German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday, but she'll have to govern with a far less stable coalition. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected for a fourth term in office on Sunday (September 24) but Europe's most powerful leader will have to govern with a far less stable coalition in a fractured parliament after her conservatives haemorrhaged support to a surging far right. Two years after Merkel left German borders open to more than 1 million migrants, the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) stunned the establishment by becoming the first far-right party to enter parliament in more than half a century. Describing the far right's success as a test for Germans, Merkel insisted she had a mandate to govern - a formidable challenge as she has little choice but to cobble together a three-way coalition with a pro-business group and the Greens. The AfD won 13.0 percent of the vote - more than expected and one of many shocks on a night of drama that saw Merkel's conservatives get their worst result since 1949, and her main Social Democrat (SPD) rivals their worst since 1933. AFD's top candidate Alexander Gauland said the party would "take back" its country and people.

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Joy and disappointment on German election day

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 01:23