We begin this hour in Berlin.
The chancellor knew she would most likely win this election.
Guten morgen, Mary Louise.
GEORG PAZDERSKI: I think not only upset. "It's an opportunity we can't afford to miss". She must continue to counter the international manifestations of the forces that animate the AfD, providing leadership, both practical, political and moral.
"With regard to the diesel question the FDP and CDU and even parts of the Greens will be opposed to severe intervention", said Hanns Koenig of Aurora Energy Research, a Britain-based consultancy to utilities, investors and political decision-makers. We will drive her.
Addressing her supporters, a subdued Merkel said the result gave her a "mandate" to govern but that the AfD's success would require a "thorough analysis" to understand the concerns of their voters. The problem has to do with unlimited number of migrants and there are more to come.
One regularly cited slogan in the televised debates leading up to the election was that "grand coalitions are harmful for democracy", usually followed by a reference to Austria, where a decade of centrist coalitions has boosted the far-right Freedom party.
Mrs Merkel (63) faces four years of government in a fragmented parliament after the return of the FDP - unrepresented at national level for the last four years - and the arrival of the AfD.
- Europe's banks are in better shape and the economy is growing, meaning leaders are not preoccupied with fighting a crisis.
The Alternative for Germany, which has been referred to as the "Ghost of Nazi Germany", secured 12.6% of the vote. "It means there won't be a government in place until 2018". Her grandparents immigrated to Germany with a wave of Turkish workers in the 1960s. "This wasn't discussed with us".
DONFRIED: Thanks so much for having me. "Germany needs you! The German people!" He was President of the European Parliament from 2012 to 2017.
Brent crude touched its highest since July 2015 after major producers said the global market was on track to rebalance and Turkey said it could close a pipeline that carries oil from northern Iraq to the global market, putting more pressure on the Kurdish autonomous region over its independence referendum. The East-West divide has reappeared in a significant way.
Same-sex adoption is also legal now, with same-sex couples enjoying all the rights connected to existing marriage laws.
GUMUSAY: For instance, how - for instance, education but also welfare. President Trump rarely raises his voice about these values but is strangely full of empathy for autocrats such as Mr. Putin. He made little secret of his impatience with Ms. Merkel as she steadfastly defended sanctions in response to Russia's subversion of Ukraine and seizure of Crimea, among other things.
SIEGEL: Thirteen percent of the vote for a party that is anti-immigrant and against deeper European integration. They do not want to lose their culture and they don't want to have open borders and they don't want to take in unlimited numbers of migrants.
Italy's vote in the spring of 2018 is troubling; the country's challenging economic straits could lead to a strongly anti-Europe result.
Its leader, Martin Schulz, is a longstanding EU apparatchik. In a direct attack on the refugee policy of Angela Merkel, the AfD has threatened to launch an investigation into the 'crimes' she has committed against the country.
But the constraints of the coalition talks and the new political climate in Germany, which saw the far-right AfD party enter parliament, could make an agreement between the two leaders more difficult. We also heard from NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.