Members of Christian Democratic Union CDU watch exit polls results at their headquarters during the German general election (Bundestagswahl) in Berlin, Germany, September 24, 2017. (REUTERS/Axel Schmidt)
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The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) stunned the establishment by finishing third and entering parliament for the first time with 13.5 percent of the vote.Both the FDP and the environmentalist Greens have played down the prospect of a Jamaica coalition, but as they have been out of government for four and 12 years respectively, they may be lured into an alliance by the prospect of power.Whatever the make-up of her coalition, Merkel, 63, faces four years of government in a fragmented parliament after the return of the FDP -- unrepresented at national level for the last four years -- and the arrival of the AfD.Founded in 2013 by an anti-euro group of academics, the AfD has morphed into an anti-immigration party that has profited from Merkel's 2015 decision to leave German borders open to over 1 million migrants, most of them fleeing war in the Middle East.
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