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German Election Results: Social Democrats Narrowly Beat Merkel's Bloc
"A MARTINEZ, HOST:
Yesterday's election in Germany was a nail biter, but in the end, the country's center-left Social Democratic Party narrowly beat Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party by just 1.6% in preliminary results. NPR's Berlin correspondent Rob Schmitz joins us now. Rob, very close, very close margin. What does the result then tell us about where Germany is headed after Merkel?
ROB SCHMITZ, BYLINE: Well, the first thing these results tell us is that Germans are not unified on which party and which chancellor candidate they want to lead their country. The Social Democrats won this election with just 25.7% of the vote. The Christian Democrats came in second with just 24.1%. The top two parties received less than half the votes. This is a really interesting situation. Filling out the other half were the Green Party, the libertarian FDP party, the far-right AfD party and many others.
MARTINEZ: And Germany is a parliamentary democracy, so that means there's still a lot of work to do to try and form a coalition government.
SCHMITZ: That's right because no party received a clear majority. This means that the Social Democrats, as well as the Christian Democrats, will now be speaking to the smaller parties to see if they can entice them to govern with them. I spoke to Sudha David-Wilp of the German Marshall Fund about this. She says we've seen this before in German politics but never quite like this."