Merkel was greeted at her party’s headquarters by supporters applauding and chanting “Angie!”
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Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc won a lackluster victory in Germany's national election Sunday while the anti-migrant, nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party managed a somewhat triumphant entry into Parliament.The party, led by Merkel's rival Martin Schulz, vowed immediately to leave her coalition government and go into opposition.The outcome puts Merkel on course for a fourth term as chancellor – but means that she likely faces the tricky task of forming a new coalition government with two new partners. Merkel acknowledged that it would take time, but said that "we live in stormy times" and other parties should show responsibility.That would be the worst post-war for the party, which has served since 2013 as the junior partner in a "grand coalition" of Germany's biggest parties under Merkel.Merkel was greeted at her party's headquarters by supporters applauding and chanting "Angie!"The left-leaning Greens were seen winning around 9 percent of the vote and the Left Party also 9 percent, meaning both stay in Parliament.Mainstream parties' leaders vowed a robust response to AfD's entry into Parliament.
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