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Germany’s Election Gives Two Smaller Parties Outsize Influence

Germany’s Election Gives Two Smaller Parties Outsize Influence

BERLIN–Germany’s political parties on Monday began what could be a monthslong bargaining process to form the next government, with two smaller parties in a position to decide who will succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor.

Sunday’s elections marked a shift to the left for the country. The Social Democratic Party (or SPD) came first, while the Greens scored strong wins. They don’t have enough votes to form a government together and they would need the support of the Free Democratic Party, which is pro-market. This will force them to compromise their agenda.

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