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Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far right

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Merkel wins but has to deal with far rightChancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a German government after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right.

The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) stunned the establishment by winning 13.1 percent of the vote, projected results showed, a result that will bring a far-right party into parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

Merkel’s conservative bloc emerged as the largest parliamentary party but, with just 33.2 percent of the vote, saw its support slump to the lowest since 1949 - the first time national elections were held in post-war Germany.

TVNL Comment:  The rise of the far right in many countries, including the US, is frightening enough.  But the fact that more than thirteen percent of the voters in Germany have forgotten the recent past is crushing.  This is how it began in pre-WWII Europe.

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