Merkel loses support, the far-right AfD surges: Germany’s Bundestag elections have been big news around the world. DW takes a look at how people in other countries, as well as their leaders, have reacted to the results.
Party leader Martin Schulz opened the event with an apology for the party's worst-ever election results. The SPD plans to hold a vote on entering preliminary talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU later in the day.
The chancellor has said that it would be "simply wrong" to hold new elections after preliminary coalition talks with the Greens and FDP failed. The SPD is reconsidering another "grand coalition" with the CDU and CSU.
Germany's Social Democrats have voted to start talks that could lead to a new government coalition. Over 80 percent of delegates also voted to keep Martin Schulz as SPD chairman. DW's Kate Brady was on-site in Berlin.
A doctor fined for "advertising" abortions has presented a petition with 150,000 signatures to Parliament, demanding Germany's law be changed. Kristina Hänel says women have the right to information about the procedure.
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