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Germany’s CDU needs to reach voters who went with the far-right AfD


German Chancellor Angela Merkel, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) for the upcoming general elections, holds a vegetable during a campaign rally in Freiburg, Germany, September 18, 2017.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) for the upcoming general elections, holds a vegetable during a campaign rally in Freiburg, Germany, September 18, 2017.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU and Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), won 32.5 percent of the vote, making them by far the largest parliamentary group, according to an exit poll for the broadcaster ARD, but that is down from 41.5 percent in the last election in 2013 and lower than recent polling. Their closest rivals, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), slumped to 20.0 percent, a new post-war low.

Merkel now needs to work to form a coalition reportedly without the SPD, a process that will likely involve protracted negotiations.

“I find it deeply regrettable that for the first time since 1949 a far-right wing populist party is entering the German Bundestag,” McAllister said.

But he said that for the CDU, the work to convince voters that it has an immigration policy that limits new arrivals lies ahead.

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