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Germany: Merkel comments on 'bitter' Hamburg defeat01:00

Germany: Merkel comments on 'bitter' Hamburg defeat

Germany, Berlin
February 16, 2015 at 09:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling Christian Democrat Union (CDU) witnessed its worst ever election result in the city state of Hamburg, Monday, with less than 16 percent of the vote. This marks a 6 percent decrease on the vote of four years ago.

The Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) made gains to win their first ever seats in West Germany by crossing the 5 percent threshold requirement needed to gain seats in parliament.

After having their Hamburg seats wiped out in the last elections, the Free Democrats (FPD) gained 7 percent to win representation in parliament once again.

The winning party was the Social Democrats (SPD), who lost their winning majority in Hamburg but took over 46 percent of the vote and will likely form a coalition with the Greens, who took roughly 12 percent.

Germany: Merkel comments on 'bitter' Hamburg defeat01:00
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling Christian Democrat Union (CDU) witnessed its worst ever election result in the city state of Hamburg, Monday, with less than 16 percent of the vote. This marks a 6 percent decrease on the vote of four years ago.

The Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) made gains to win their first ever seats in West Germany by crossing the 5 percent threshold requirement needed to gain seats in parliament.

After having their Hamburg seats wiped out in the last elections, the Free Democrats (FPD) gained 7 percent to win representation in parliament once again.

The winning party was the Social Democrats (SPD), who lost their winning majority in Hamburg but took over 46 percent of the vote and will likely form a coalition with the Greens, who took roughly 12 percent.

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