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German election: Angela Merkel’s bloc eyes worst result since 1949 but hopes to lead coalition still

Polls point to a very close race between the centre-right Union bloc and the centre-left Social Democrats

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Chancellor Angela Merkel and Governor Armin Laschet wave to supporters at an election campaign event (Martin Meissner/AP)

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Governor Armin Laschet wave to supporters at an election campaign event (Martin Meissner/AP)

Armin Laschet and his wife Susanne cast their votes for the German parliament election in Aachen (Thilo Schmuelgen/Pool via AP)

Armin Laschet and his wife Susanne cast their votes for the German parliament election in Aachen (Thilo Schmuelgen/Pool via AP)

Candidate for the Green Party Annalena Baerbock speaks at an election campaign event in Wuerzburg (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)

Candidate for the Green Party Annalena Baerbock speaks at an election campaign event in Wuerzburg (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)

Social Democratic Party candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz casts his vote in the German parliament election in Potsdam (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

Social Democratic Party candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz casts his vote in the German parliament election in Potsdam (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

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Chancellor Angela Merkel and Governor Armin Laschet wave to supporters at an election campaign event (Martin Meissner/AP)

The candidate for outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Union bloc said his party would do “everything we can” to form a new government, despite facing what is expected to be its worst result since 1949.

Armin Laschet said that “we can’t be satisfied with the result” predicted by exit polls, adding that “the result puts Germany, the Union, all democratic parties before big challenges”.


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