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German election: Surprises but no radical shift as Germans vote for predictability

An election campaign billboard featuring posters of SPD candidate Olaf Scholz and CDU candidate Armin Laschet in Berlin on Sept 23, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN - With a strong centre and a weakening of the political fringes, Germans decided not to abandon the path of stability in Sunday's (Sept 26) national elections.

However, in the first polls in 16 years where Chancellor Angela Merkel was not on the ballot, voters still had some surprises in store.

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