I wants to win back the voters who deserted my party for right-wing nationalist AfD – German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she wants to win back the voters who deserted her party for right-wing nationalist AfD.

Mrs Merkel is set for a fourth term in office, despite heavy losses for her party.

She now faces months of coalition talks with several parties in order to form a stable government.

After winning its first parliamentary seats, AfD vowed to fight “an invasion of foreigners” into the country.

But splits have already emerged between AfD leaders on the party’s direction. There were surprising scenes at the party’s news conference on Monday morning when chair woman Frauke Petry, the best known AfD politician, announced that she would not be part of the AfD bloc when she joins the Bundestag.

Mrs Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance recorded its worst result in almost 70 years.