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Making sense of the German elections

After the German parliamentary elections, Europe is watching to see how the new government shapes up.

The Christian Democrats made unprecedented gains in the recent election, while the Free Democrats failed to make it into parliament; the Social Democrats slightly improved their poor showing of last time, the Left party lost votes but ended up third largest party, while the Greens' influence has waned.

DW provides an in-depth look at the results, and what happens next.

coalition negotiations

FDP loss

international views

other issues

Merkel's triumph