Photo Gallery: Election Night in Germany 09/25/2017
  Chancellor Angela Merkel during election night on Sept. 24, 2017. Although...
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Chancellor Angela Merkel during election night on Sept. 24, 2017. Although Merkel's party, the center-right Christian Democrats (CDU), won the largest share of the vote in the election, the party's performance fell significantly short of what many people in the party hoped. Merkel now faces difficult coalition negotiations.