Despite the worst result in post-war Germany history, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right, conservative party (CDU/CSU) has won the largest share of the votes in federal elections, with 32.9% (down from 41.5% in 2013) and is now tasked with forming a government. Its current coalition party, the center-left SPD, has also suffered significant losses (20.5%, down from 25.7% in 2013) and has announced it will lead the opposition in the new parliament, rather than join the government as a junior partner.
Since the SPD has ruled out another grand coalition, the only remaining coalition constellation is a so-called 'Jamaica Coalition' between CDU/CSU, the liberals (FDP) and the Greens. The pro-business, liberal FDP re-entered the newly elected parliament with 10.7% after failing to reach the 5% threshold in the 2013 elections. For the first time Germany’s post-war history, a far-right party, the 'Alternative for Germany‘ (AfD), will be part of the federal parliament with 12.6% of the votes. Coalition negotiations are expected to take long due to considerable differences between the parties of a potential ‘Jamaica Coalition’.
News article – Deutsche Welle