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German Chancellor Angela Merkel wins fourth four-year term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wins fourth four-year term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wins fourth four-year term

German Chancellor and President Trump antagonist Angela Merkel won a fourth four-year term Sunday, as her closest rival conceded.

Center-left challenger Martin Schulz admitted he had lost at the headquarters of the Social Democratic party.

“Today is a difficult and bitter day,” he said. “We clearly didn’t manage to maintain and expand our traditional voter base.”

The right-wing, anti-immigrant Alternatives for Germany party picked up 13.5% of the vote and about 87 seats in parliament, making it the third most powerful party in the country.

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That forced Merkel to acknowledge that she had to win back voters angry over her liberal immigration policies.

“We want to win back AFD voters” by solving the country’s problems and addressing their concerns, she said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party won 33.5% of the vote, while the Social Democrats took in 21%.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party won 33.5% of the vote, while the Social Democrats took in 21%.

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She added she had “hoped for a better result.”

AFD leader Alexander Gauland vowed to keep the pressure on Merkel.

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“We will chase them,” he said. “We will chase Merkel or whomever else. This is a great day in the history of our party, we are in Parliament! We will change this country.”

Merkel’s party won 33.5% of the vote, while the Social Democrats took in 21%.

Merkel now faces a challenge as the Social Democratic Party moves into the opposition, leaving her to try to build a new coalition.

Center-left challenger Martin Schulz admitted he had lost at the headquarters of the Social Democratic party.

Center-left challenger Martin Schulz admitted he had lost at the headquarters of the Social Democratic party.

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Merkel has questioned Trump’s words repeatedly — most recently following his United Nation’s speech in which he threatened to “totally destroy North Korea.”

“I am against threats of this kind. And speaking for myself and the government I must say that we consider any type of military solution absolutely inappropriate and we are counting on diplomatic efforts,” Merkel said in an interview with Deutsche Welle.

“This must be vigorously implemented. In my opinion, sanctions and enforcing these sanctions are the right answer. But anything else with regard to North Korea I think is wrong. And that is why we clearly disagree with the U.S. President.”

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel branded AFD “real Nazis,” according to The Local, a German news website.

“This Alternative for Germany is no alternative. They are a shame for our nation,” Schulz, a former European Parliament chief, said Friday.

With News Wire Services

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