One interesting question is the degree to which the Social Democrats will now grow closer to the Left Party, a party with roots in East German Communism and which took (judging by the exit polls) a little under 9 percent of the vote.
Ms. Merkel's only option in view of the election "blow" that she received, he added, was to form a coalition with the Liberal Party, a center right party, and the Green Party, the country's environmentalist political party, which have quite different views. The far-right party will have seats in parliament for the first time and will be the third largest force.
She said that she would listen to those who voted for the Alternative for Germany, or AfD, and work to win them back "by solving problems, by taking up their worries, partly also their fears, but above all by good politics".
"We have a mandate to form a new government and no government can be formed against us". "We will hunt Ms. Merkel".
The far-right has not been represented there since the 1950s - a reflection of Germany's efforts to distance itself from the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust.
As supporters of the far-righ party celebrated in their headquarters, protesters gathered outside to express their rejection of the AfD and its ideals. But we're seeing this evening that some traditionally conservative voters in southern Germany have also turned to the AfD.
Ben Brumfield, senior science writer and media relations representative at the Georgia Institute of Technology, served as the panel's moderator.
She is seeking a fourth term in office and to keep her Christian Democrat party's (CDU) status as the largest presence in Germany's Bundestag.
That's mainly due to the increasing support for the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany, or AfD, which won nearly 13 percent of the vote.
"We trust that centrist parties in the Bundestag will ensure that the AfD has no representation in the coming governing coalition", the EJC said.
Gauland says "this is a great day in the history of our party, we are in parliament!" "We were hoping for a better result, obviously, but I'm happy we achieved our goals".
"We've heard attacks from the right-wing and the left-wing", she said regarding the criticism toward her open-door refugee policy.
"We will take our people and our country back", he continued.
The AfD. however, gained more than 8%.
The pro-business Free Democrats were Merkel's junior allies from 2005 to 2009 and won 10.5% on Sunday.