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How Merkel can bring AfD voters back into the fold

There is a constructive path ahead

By Sophie Gaston  

At a right-wing rally in Germany, a protestor holds a sign with a picture of senior AfD politicians and the words "let's take back our country." Photo: Monika Skolimowska/DPA/PA Images

In the stunned aftermath of the German elections, a contest that during the campaign had been almost universally dismissed as so dull even the Russians couldn’t be bothered hacking it, all eyes have been on the early insights from the exit polls surveying AfD voters, who have propelled the far-right party into the Bundestag for the first time.

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