Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel has claimed a mandate to form a new German government after her conservatives beat their rivals on Sunday to win her a fourth term, in an election that will also bring an anti-immigrant, anti-EU party into Germany’s parliament.
Merkel vowed Sunday to win back voters from the nationalist Alternative for Germany Party (AfD) after it got enough support to enter parliament.
She conceded that her party “would have preferred a better result.” But she noted that her party had been in power for 12 years and said the last four years had been “extremely challenging.”
After shock election results last year, such as Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, many look to Merkel to rally a bruised liberal Western order, tasking her with leading a post-Brexit Europe.
She must now form a coalition government — an arduous process that could take months as all potential partners are unsure whether they really want to share power with her.