In Pictures: Shock and celebration on German election night

Germany's general election on Sunday (Sept 24) saw Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union party remain in office, but with weakened support as the far-right made gains.

Police patrol in front of a protest against the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in Frankfurt on Sunday (Sept 24). PHOTO: AFP
Greens party top candidates Cem Ozdemir (right) and Katrin Goering-Eckardt react to the first prediction of the election result. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
German Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union at the party's election event in Berlin on Sunday (Sept 24). PHOTO: EPA-EFE
The Greens react to the first prediction of the result at the party's election event in Berlin on Sunday (Sept 24). PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Alice Weidel (R), top candidate of the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) reacts after first exit polls. PHOTO: REUTERS
People hold placards while waiting for Christian Democratic Union party leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to react to the first exit polls. PHOTO: REUTERS
Electoral officials sort ballot papers after the conclusion of voting. PHOTO: REUTERS
Supporters of the the German right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD), react to exit polls. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Demonstrators scuffle with police during the protest against the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany on Sunday (Sept 24). PHOTO: REUTERS
German Chancellor and CDU party leader Angela Merkel casts her vote. PHOTO: AFP
A man and a woman in traditional Bavarian dress cast their ballots at a polling station in Unterwoessen, southern Germany on Sunday (Sept 24). PHOTO: AFP
Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party and candidate for Chancellor, and his wife Inge Schulz cast their ballots at a polling station in Wuerselen, western Germany. PHOTO: AFP
A dog looks on as its master casts his ballot at a polling station in Wuerselen, western Germany. PHOTO: AFP

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