Sunday/ .. and the early results are in

The polls have closed and the projected results are in. Angela Merkel’s party won, but lost ground, as did her coalition partner Martin Schultz, from the left-center Social Democratic Party.  Schultz announced that the four-year coalition between the Social Democrats and Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is over.  The far right AfD gained a lot of ground and came in a solid third.  They will be seated in the Bundestag for the first time, something that does not sit well with many Germans.  But hey, this is not a Brexit outcome, and it is not a Trump-like victory: so, good.

A possible coalition with the CDU. This coalition would be called the Jamaica coalition (black, green and gold are colors on the Jamaican flag).  Martin Schultz from the SPD will be the official opposition, says he would like to ‘replace’ Merkel, but he has his work cut out for him. His party’s support came in at an all-time low.

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