Social democrats beat Merkel’s party in German elections – preliminary results


Preliminary results in the German elections show the centre-left social democrats have beaten outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right bloc.

SPD won 25.8% to the CDU/CSU’s 24.1%, according to figures from German broadcaster ARD and Reuters.

The greens were next with 14.6%, followed by the FDP on 11.5% and right-wing populist party AfD next with 10.4%.

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