This is Angela Merkel's biggest victory yet. The German chancellor has been reelected to a third term. But she has come up just short of an overall majority. So Merkel now has to choose with whom she will govern.
The rise of the far-right populist AfD in Germany has effectively shifted the political center in the opposite direction. The result is that the chancellor is now looking to parties on the left for potential allies.
First, Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered their worst election results in decades. Then, just last weekend, coalition talks collapsed. And yet Merkel remains the undisputed chancellor — and she has a few new options.
Preliminary coalition talks collapsed between Chancellor Merkel and potential partners over the weekend. After speaking with President Steinmeier, Merkel said she was ready to lead her party to fresh elections.
The SPD leader has said he hopes to let all party members decide if the Social Democrats should stay in government. The party is under increasing pressure to help form a government.
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