Merkel clinches 4th term as German chancellor amid nationalist ‘earthquake’

German Chancellor and Christian Democrat (CDU) Angela Merkel smiles while thanking supporters at CDU headquarters at the end of the election evening following federal elections results that give the CDU 33% of the vote, giving it a first place finish, though 8.5% less than in the last election four years ago, on September 24, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Angela Merkel was a elected to a fourth term as chancellor as voters went to the polls on Sunday in Germany. Merkel won by collecting 33 percent of the vote with her Conservative Christian Union bloc. It was reportedly the party’s worst showing showing since 1949. Merkel’s victory was also somewhat overshadowed by the rise of a far-right party, the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany, which captured about 13 percent of the vote, catapulting it to a third-place finish and a representation in the government’s lower house — the first time since 1961 that a far-right party will be represented in the Bundestag.

The country’s top-selling newspaper described the outcome as a “political earthquake,” according to Agence-France Presse, though by Monday the party seemed to be in disarray as its chairwoman, Frauke Petry, abruptly stepped down.

With the historic outcome, the focus on Merkel’s leadership, not only in Germany but globally, will be magnified. In an interview with MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid, Clinton spoke of how she views Merkel’s place in the geopolitical landscape.

“She is the most important leader in the free world right now, in my estimation,” Clinton said. “She is someone who values predictability, stability.” Clinton added that she has “the highest level of personal regard for” Merkel.

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