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A Physicist - German Chancellor Angela Merkel wins 4th re-election

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected for a 4th term while nationalists have made a historic surge in federal elections.

Her conservative CDU/CSU alliance is set to remain the largest party in the parliament, with 32.5% of the vote. Its outgoing coalition partner, the Social Democratic SPD, says it will go into opposition after winning 20%. The nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) is on track to become the third party, with 13.5%.

The performance means the right-wing party will have seats in the Bundestag for the first time. The Bundestag is a constitutional and legislative body at the federal level in Germany.

Addressing supporters, Mrs Merkel, who has been in the job for 12 years, said she had hoped for a "better result"She added that she would listen to the "concerns, worries and anxieties" of voters of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in order to win them back. She also said her government would have to deal with economic and security issues as well as addressing the root causes of migration - one of the main reasons behind the AfD's result.

"Today we can say that we now have a mandate to assume responsibility and we're going to assume this responsibility calmly, talking with our partners of course."

Germany’s economy has experienced strong growth in the past year, and income inequality is less pronounced than in other European nations. At the same time, Merkel has also come to be seen as a steady hand at a time of global instability. Following the election of President Donald Trump, for instance, Merkel has repeatedly said that Europe could no longer completely rely on the United States and must take matters into its own hands.

During the campaign, Merkel urged for a diplomatic solution to tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program, defended the Iran nuclear deal and called for the Paris climate accord to be upheld. She also has a long history of dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin, acting as a prominent intermediary between the West and Moscow.
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In case, your didn't know:
- Chancellor Merkel was born in communist East Germany and trained as a Physicist.
- Merkel has had an unlikely rise to become only the 3rd chancellor since World War II to hold a 4th term. 
- The past year has seen her take on an equally improbable role as the most influential defender of Western liberal order - a position that Trump has left vacant and that Merkel has reluctantly and increasingly filled.

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