Germany’s Angela Merkel Wins Fourth Term
They want her back. German voters have given the conservative chancellor another four years in power. But Merkel’s decision to welcome over a million refugees in 2015 helped anti-immigrant Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) win 13 percent of the vote, becoming the first far-right nationalist party in Germany’s parliament since the Nazis. The ruling CDU won a disappointing 33 percent while losing their governing partner, the left-of-center Social Democrats, who got 21 percent. Merkel will need smaller parties to form a governing coalition, but she’s ruled out an AfD partnership.