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December 5, 2013 8:17 AM

Merkel's total election victory turns less so in reality

The big winner in the German election back in September appeared obvious: Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat Union had obtained an almost historic victory, finishing just five seats shy of an absolute majority in the multi-party system. But while the coronations of Merkel in what was termed her decisive third term began, perhaps far too little attention was paid to the lack of those five seats, and to the election’s big losers, the Liberal Party, or the FDP, the expected coalition partner to the Union.

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