German elections: Far-right wins MPs for first time in half a century

INDEPENDENT UK – JON STONE

Photo: Olaf Kosinsky / kosinsky.eu

AfD has entered Parliament, with Merkel set to return as Chancellor.

A far-right party has won seats in the German parliament for the first time in half a century, in an election that saw Angela Merkel returned as chancellor for the fourth contest straight.

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The German chancellor pledged to address the concerns of people who voted for the anti-Muslim and anti-immigration AfD after initial results showed it winning 13.5 per cent of the vote – at the higher end of what was expected.

Meanwhile, the centre-left SPD – the current coalition partners of Ms Merkel’s CDU and a titan of German politics for 150 years – have hit a historic low of just 20 per cent, the social democratic party’s worst showing since the Second World War.

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