Angela Merkel has won, for the fourth time, but on her party's worst election result since 1949. Her main rivals did just as badly and the main winner looks like Alternative for Germany (AfD), now Germany's no3 party. Here's the national picture:
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So the centre-left Social Democratic Party is heading for just 20pc, its worst result since the Second World War. Martin Schulz, SPD leader, said it has been “a difficult and bitter day for German social democracy”. By which he means that AfD are set to break through into the Bundestag with 13.5 per cent of the vote, a result that differs sharply in east and west. In the former East Germany, AfD is the second-largest party with 22pc of the vote. Here's how the vote looks like in east and west Germany.
Amongst men in the east, AfD came first - an astonishing rise, considering where it was four years ago. The FT has compiled a useful graphic of the movement. Look at the blue arrow on the right.
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) September 24, 2017
The AfD success has already led protests in Cologne and Berlin, and shock throughout the continent. Pierre Moscovici, an EU Commissioner, says that its the result reveals "doubts" in German society. Like many people tonight, he's talking about 1933 - if only to say that we shouldn't be talking about 1933.
L'entrée de l'AfD au Bundestag est un choc et révèle des doutes dans la société. La démocratie allemande est forte. Pas d'amalgame avec 1933
— Pierre Moscovici (@pierremoscovici) September 24, 2017