Social Democrats narrowly beat Angela Merkel’s alliance in historic German election

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Olaf Scholz, chancellor candidate of the German Social Democrats (SPD), speaks to the media at the Federal Chancellery following the SPD's narrow win in yesterday's federal elections on September 27, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.Carstensen | Getty ImagesLONDON — The German election is heading for tough coalition talks and a possible three-way power-sharing agreement in Berlin, after one of the country's most significant votes in recent years.Preliminary results on Monday morning showed the center-left Social Democratic Party gaining the largest share of the vote with 25.7%, according to the country's Federal Returning Officer, but falling well short of achieving a majority to govern alone.Angela Merkel's right-leaning bloc of the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union got 24.1% of the vote, according to the early results. Merkel is stepping down after 16 years as chancellor but her conservative alliance, heading toward its worst election result since World War II,
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