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German Vote 2017: Business Must Wait As Limboland Merkel Faces Hard Coalition Choices

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Germany's CDU leader Angela Merkel secured her fourth term as chancellor, but chastened by an election result that saw many of her 2013 voters turn to the liberals and far right, her hand is weakened. Indeed, the EU's rock of political stability has sprung many a surprise in delivering a 2017 election result that will give businesses a sense both of unease and promise, with the re-emergence of the liberal and business-focused FDP.

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