Watershed Election Merkel's Conservatives Prepare Next Move

At 42 percent, the conservatives have pulled in their best result in 23 years. But with Merkel's party appearing to fall short of an absolute majority, the question now is who will join her in a coalition government.
Angela Merkel's historic success has taken even her supporters by surprise.

Angela Merkel's historic success has taken even her supporters by surprise.

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Photo Gallery: The German Election in Numbers
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Photo Gallery: The German Election in Numbers

Graphic: Preliminary final election results

Graphic: Preliminary final election results