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    Germans Go to Polling Stations to Elect New Parliament

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    On Sunday, the Parliament elections are held in Germany. More than 88,000 polling stations opened across the country at 8 a.m. local time (06:00 GMT).

    About 61.5 million voters were expected to cast ballots, choosing among six major parties. The first results are expected at around 6 p.m. local time later in the day when the polls close.

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    • 21:39

      OSCE PA Observer Mission to German Election Detected No 'Sustaining Problems'

      A man casts his ballot at a polling station in Berlin during general elections on September 24, 2017

      OSCE PA Observer Mission to German Election Detected No 'Sustaining Problems'

      The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) observer mission to German parliamentary election has not seen any "sustaining problems" during the vote which took place on Sunday, George Tsereteli, the special coordinator of the mission told Sputnik.
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    • 21:35

      SPD's Schulz to Merkel in TV Debate: 'You are the Biggest Loser' of Tonight's Election

    • 21:22

      Two Options of Bundestag Coalitions Possible After Sunday Election - Greens Senior Member

      There are two options for the new Bundestag ruling coalition, namely, one between the German Social Democrats (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and another between the CDU, the Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP), Jurgen Trittin, the parliament member from the Green party and member of Bundestag's foreign affairs committee told Sputnik.

      "Now according to the calculations, there are two possible coalitions: the SPD and the CDU, which I hardly can call a grand coalition, or a coalition of the FDP, the Greens, and the CDU. We have always said that we will check this possibility, but if it happens the CDU should become "greener", the FDP will have to pay more attention to social issues and the CSU more liberal," Trittin said commenting on the results of the Sunday parliamentary vote.

      He added that the Greens failed to achieve their goal of becoming the third largest party "but it is still a good result."

      According to the latest exit poll by the ARD broadcaster, the Greens are sharing fifth place with The Left party scoring 8.9 percent each.

    • 21:19

      Head of Germany's FDP Not Ruling Out Building Coalition With CDU/CSU Bloc Headed by Merkel

      Christian Lindner, head of the German liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), does not rule out the talks with the CDU/CSU conservative bloc headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel on building the coalition.

      "One can work correctly both in the government and in opposition. Today's evening is not a proper moment for the final decision - both for the FDP and the SPD [Social Democrats]," Lindner told the ARD broadcaster.

    • 21:13

      German Social Democrats Leader Plans to Head SPD Despite Defeat in General Election

      Head of the German Social Democrats (SPD) Martin Schulz said on Sunday he was going to remain the party's leader despite the poor results in the parliamentary election.

      "No. I am enjoying the full support to head the party," Schulz said told the ARD broadcaster, answering the question whether he was going to leave the post of the party's chair.

      According to exit polls, the SPD was supported by some 20 percent of Germans, which is about 5 percent less than four years ago.

    • 21:12

      German CDU/CSU Conservative Bloc to Form Government After Federal Election - Merkel

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that her Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) planned to form the new German government.

      "We are the strongest party, the CDU/CSU, our task is to form the government, and the government cannot be formed against us," Merkel said, adding that the party was hoping to get better results in Sunday’s Bundestag election.

      The chancellor did not name possible coalition partners for the CDU/CSU bloc yet, saying she would discuss the issue with the other parties.

    • 21:11

      Alternative for Germany Celebrates the Outcome of Bundestag Election

    • 21:01

      Germany's The Greens Ready for Talks With CDU/CSU on Building Coalition - Party Member

      The Greens party is ready to hold negotiations with the CDU/CSU conservative bloc headed by incumbent German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a party member and the minister-president of the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said on Sunday.

      "We are not a ball handler in this issue [coalition forming], former and new chancellor [Angela Merkel] is the ball handler. If we are proposed to conduct negotiations, we will lead them seriously ... but that will not be easy," Winfried Kretschmann told the ARD broadcaster.

    • 21:00

      German Social Democrats Leader Concedes Defeat of Party in General Elections

      Social Democratic Party's (SPD) leader Martin Schulz on Sunday conceded the defeat of his party in the German federal election and voiced his concern about the success of the German right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party.

      The SPD gained 21 percent of votes, according to the ZDF broadcaster, or 20 percent, according to the ARD broadcaster. The AfD for the first time has won seats in the Bundestag and has taken the third place in the election by generating 13.5 percent, exit polls by ARD showed.

      "This evening, all of us are concerned by the power of the Alternative for Germany. For the first time, the faction of the extreme right party will enter the German Bundestag," Schulz said while addressing his supporters in the party’s headquarters.

      "Today is a hard and bitter day for the German social democracy ... We did not achieve our goals in the elections. After the defeat, which we suffered in our key federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, we lost the elections to the Bundestag too," Schulz added.

    • 20:32

      Merkel Says Alternative for Germany Party Entering Parliament a 'Big Challenge'

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during her speech at the meeting of the Middle-size economy and economic union of the CDU/CSU in Nuremberg, southern Germany, on September 1, 2017

      Merkel Says Alternative for Germany Party Entering Parliament a 'Big Challenge'

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party was a "big new challenge" for Berlin, as the party for the first time ever entered the country's parliament.
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    • 19:55

      Center-Left Social Democratic Party of Germany to Become Opposition – Faction’s Chair

      The center-left Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) will not participate in the coalition and intends to become opposition following the election, Chairman of the SPD faction in Bundestag Thomas Oppermann said Sunday.

      "I see our place only in opposition," Opperman said, as quoted by the ARD broadcaster.

      The Social Democratic Party (SPD) came second with 20 percent in the election earlier in the day, according to the broadcaster.

    • 19:27

      Merkel's CDU/CSU Leading at Bundestag Elections With 33.5% - Exit Poll

      Supporters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) hold banners before a TV debate with her challenger Germany's Social Democratic Party SPD candidate for chancellor Martin Schulz in Berlin, Germany, September 3, 2017.

      Merkel's CDU/CSU Leading at Bundestag Elections With 33.5 Percent - Exit Poll

      Germany's Christian Democratic Union party along with its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, both led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, are leading in German federal elections with 32.5 percent, according to a poll by the state broadcaster ZDF, while Martin Schulz's Social Democrats are in second place with 20 percent of votes.
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    • 19:05

      WATCH: Exit Poll Reactions From the Headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany

    • 19:00

      German Vote's Preliminary Results to Be Announced at 01:00 GMT

      The preliminary results of the German parliamentary elections will be announced around 3 a.m. local time on Monday (01:00 GMT), Federal Returning Officer Dieter Sarreither said on Sunday.

      "I used to be very optimistic and said that the results could be announced by midnight, but in 2013, we had results only at 3:15 a.m. So I hope that the results will be announced around 2-3 a.m.," Sarreither told reporters.

      He added that the final results of the election would be announced by the parliament's special committee two weeks later.

      The polling stations will close at 6 p.m. local time.

    • 18:26

      German Election: Merkel's CDU Urges to Cast Ballot in Vote

    • 18:02

      German Voting Day: Sights of the Bundestag Election 2017

      People in traditional Bavarian costumes vote in the general election (Bundestagswahl) in Munich, Germany, September 24, 2017

      German Voting Day: Sights of the Bundestag Election 2017

      On September 24, voters all over Germany flocked to polling stations to elect the country's new parliament.
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    • 17:47

      German Election Witnessing High Voter Turnout – Local Election Committees

      The leaders of Germany's Greens Party Cem Oezdemir casts his vote for the German federal election in Berlin, Germany, September 24, 2017

      German Election Witnessing High Voter Turnout – Local Election Committees

      German Federal election is witnessing high turnout, local election committees said.
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    • 16:44

      Voter Turnout in German Parliamentary Elections Reaches 41% by 2PM GMT - Federal Returning Officer

    • 16:35

      #RussiansDidIt: Russia Accused of Promoting AfD Party During Elections

    • 16:24

      German Federal Returning Officer: No Info on Possible Cyberattacks During Parliament Elections

    • 16:01

      German Returning Officer Calls on Citizens to Vote in General Election

      German Federal Returning Officer Dieter Sarreither, who is in charge of the Bundestag and European Parliament elections, called on the German citizens to cast their ballots in the parliamentary election, a statement released by Sarreither’s office on Sunday said.

      "By voting, you exercise an important fundamental right of our democracy. It enables you to influence future political decisions in Germany that will affect you personally and all of us," Sarreither said, as quoted in the statement.

    • 15:42

      German Chancellor Merkel Casts Vote in Parliamentary Election (VIDEO)

      Incumbent German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday cast her ballot in the country's legislative election, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

      Merkel and her husband voted in Berlin at a polling station on the territory of the Humboldt University.

    • 15:25

      German President Steinmeier Commends Voting Activity in Southeastern Berlin

      German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Sunday that he was satisfied with the voting activity at a polling station in southeast Berlin.

      "I have cast my vote, and I am very happy that at least at this polling station the voting is very active," Steinmeier told reporters.

      The president also thanked 600,000 volunteer observers who ensured "secret, free and fair election."

    • 15:09

      German AfD Party Asks Supporters to Register as Observers On Federal Election

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      German AfD Party Asks Supporters to Register as Observers On Federal Election

      The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party called on its supporters to register as observers during Sunday's federal election.
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    • 15:00

      German President Steinmeier Casts Vote in Parliamentary Election

      German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife on Sunday cast their ballots in the country's legislative election, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

      Steinmeier, the former foreign minister, voted in southeastern Berlin.

    • 14:56

      Watch: SDP's Schultz Promises Merkel Will Become Vice-Chancellor if He Wins

    • 14:44

      This is How Ballot in Germany's Parliament Election Looks Like

    • 14:04

      PHOTO: SDP's Candidate for Chancellor Martin Schulz Casts Vote in Germany's Election

    • 13:33

      EXCLUSIVE: 'Gradual Lifting' of Anti-Russia Sanctions Possible After German Vote

      A man casts his ballot at a polling station in Berlin during general elections on September 24, 2017

      EXCLUSIVE: 'Gradual Lifting' of Anti-Russia Sanctions Possible After German Vote

      In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, former Bavarian Prime Minister Edmund Stoiber specifically called for an improvement of German-Russian relations. His remarks came ahead of Germany's parliamentary elections, which kicked off on September 24.
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