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Angela Merkel won her 4th term as German Chancellor on Sunday’s September 24th federal election. The Conservative Christian democratic political alliance, consisting of Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU and the Bavarian sister-party CSU remained the strongest party, but it got only 33.0% of the total vote, its second lowest electoral showing since 1948. The SPD came 2nd with 20.5%, its worst post-World War II performance, a disappointing result for party leader Martin Shultz who immediately announced the party’s intention to go into opposition.