German election: Angela Merkel wins fourth term

BERLIN:German Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a fourth term in office after a general election that has surged an overtly nationalist party to enter parliament for the first time in decades. Merkel's centre-right Christian Democratic Union party secured 33 percent of the vote,down about nine percent compared to the last election in 2013.Their main rival and current coalition partner, the centre-left Social Democrats led by Martin Schulz, got around 21 percent of the vote - their worst result in post-war Germany.But the biggest change to Germany's political scene was the emergence of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party as the country's third biggest political force with 12.6 percent of the vote.