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German politics just got a lot more complicated

Merkel’s potential coalition partners do not get along

By James Sloam  

Photo: Michael Kappeler/DPA/PA Images

The German elections were expected to be a mundane affair. For months it was clear that the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) would remain the most powerful party and that Angela Merkel would remain Chancellor, matching Helmut Kohl’s historic achievement of four consecutive election victories. The result came as something of a shock. Despite their overall victory, the CDU/CSU, along with their competitor (and Grand Coalition partner) Social Democratic Party (SPD) experienced large losses compared to the last federal election in 2013.

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