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German election: “a bitter day for social democracy”

By Hans Kundnani  

Steinmeier: "a bitter day for German social democracy"

Angela Merkel didn’t exactly win the German election last night, but she got what she wanted: a second term as chancellor, this time at the head of a coalition with the liberal Free Democrats. Merkel’s Christian Democrats actually did badly—their share of the vote dropped from the 35 per cent they held four years ago, to 34 per cent, the second-worst result in their history. But thanks to the geometry of German coalition…

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