The SPD, which suffered its worst result in the post-war era in Sunday's election, has said it will go into opposition at the national level - a move that nearly two-thirds (63 percent) found good. Without such a coalition, Merkel will be left without a majority and thus she won't be able to accomplish much.
While joyful supporters of the AfD - a party with links to the far-right French National Front and Britain's UKIP - sang the German anthem at a Berlin club late Sunday, hundreds of protesters shouted "Nazis out!". Merkel's avowedly humanitarian policies have resulted in over 1.3 million immigrants entering Germany since 2015, nearly all from Muslim countries. This brought about protestors who gathered outside the right-wing anti-Islam party's headquarters in Berlin. Demonstrations were also held in Cologne and Frankfurt.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, victorious in national elections but wounded by a fall in support for her party and a sharp rise for the far right, faced the complex task Monday of cobbling together a government for her fourth and final term. First of all, Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) had a reliable partner in the equally center left Social Democrats (SPD).
"Let's not beat around the bush, of course we would have preferred a better result, that's completely clear", Merkel said after the announcement of the exit polls. Angela, who has been the chancellor for the last 12 years, added that she would consider the concerns of AFD in order to win their trust again.
Over the next couple of months, Merkel faces the hard task of building her government. We need more like her, and fewer of the so-called men who seem intent on making the world more unsafe.
Pressure is growing on CSU leader and Bavarian State Premier Horst Seehofer to resign after the election setback, but Söder said the party had agreed to focus on coalition talks for now, and to defer personnel matters until mid-November. The SPD's collapse is consistent with a deep crisis that has engulfed many of Europe's social democratic parties in recent elections from the Netherlands to France. The CDU-SPD alliance in the previous government created a vacuum in the opposition on key issues like refugee policy, that allowed AfD to grab political space on the right.
But they have already ruled out another coalition with Merkel.
This is the first time since World War II that a radical right-wing party i.e. the Alternative for Germany (AfD) as the third dominant party is entering the parliament.