Merkel has won the German parliamentary election, but her positions are weakened. The conclusion from the results is that things can't go on like they used to. Also, there are two clear losers from the election: the Social Democrats, and Merkel herself.
The Social Democrats have suffered a historic blow, their lowest score in decades (20.8%), while Merkel's Christian Democrats have lost 8%. It's a major tremor on the political landscape, and in other circumstances it might have even prompted resignations. But these are not normal times for Germany - the rise of Alternative for Germany, the right-wing radicals, only confirms this. 13% of the seats in the Bundestag! This has never happened since the inception of the Federal Republic, a right-wing party being represented in the federal parliament.
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