The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) won 13 percent of the vote; this may come out with a result that will bring a far-right party into parliament for the first time in more than half a century.
Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party won 33 per cent of the vote, followed by rivals Social Democrat (SPD), with 20.5 per cent - the party's worse performance since 1933. She said the "strategic goals" of her party's election campaign had been reached, and gave her a clear mandate to form the next government, but she called the outcome "a result which was not as good as we had expected".
The anti-migrant ADF outperformed projections on Sunday and announced after the elections that it would investigate Merkel's handling of the refugee crisis.
Despite her victory, Merkel and her conservatives cannot rule alone, making it probable that the chancellor's political life will be substantially more complicated. "We will hunt them".
German media characterized the results of Sunday's vote as a major shift. That's a tenth of a percentage point more than Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats received in the state.
The nationalist Alternative of Germany was hit by party infighting on Monday just hours after winning its first seats in parliament; with its co-chief Frauke Petry declaring that she won't join its Bundestag group. Greens co-leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt pledged to a cheering crowd at the party headquarters post-election gathering, however, "We will not let one single attack on German democracy stand". "We were hoping for a better result, obviously, but I'm happy we achieved our goals".
The euro is down 0.03% and the current exchange rate is €1.13619 to the pound (at time of writing).
Though she is gay, Ms Weidel is far from an LGBT activist, declaring that "political correctness belongs on the rubbish heap of history". Joining with two such diverse parties will take some complex horse trading, and the resulting team could prove unstable.
MARTIN: What did the AfD do well? Similarly, Free Democratic Party and Green Party too made their way to Parliament after getting 10.5 percent and 9.1 percent votes respectively.