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How to understand Germany’s new political landscape

Merkel has done less well than expected and weeks of fractious political bargaining now lie ahead. But whatever the country’s next government looks like, don’t expect a softer line on Brexit

By Paul Lever  

Angela Merkel—set to be German Chancellor for another term. But all is not well. Photo: Luo Huanhuan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

German elections: Infographics and result trackers

Usually when a nation goes to the polls interest centres on who is going to win. Yesterday’s federal election in Germany was different. Everybody assumed that the Christian Democrats would emerge as the largest party and that Angela Merkel would continue as Chancellor. Everybody assumed too that the Social Democrats would be in second place. The big question was who would come third—would…

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