From top: Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel and her CDU party candidate to replace her, Armin Laschet, spoke at a rally on Saturday; Germany’s SPD leader Olaf Scholz

This morning.

Olaf Scholz set his sights on the German chancellorship on Monday after his centre-left party narrowly came out on top in the general election.

The Social Democrats (SPD) edged out Armin Laschet’s Christian Democrats (CDU), the party of departing Chancellor Angela Merkel, which scored its worst-ever result.

The narrow result paves the way for complex coalition talks, meaning Mrs Merkel could still be in office at Christmas.

Mr Scholz hopes to form a government with two smaller parties, the Greens and the Free Democrats (FDP).

However, Mr Laschet could still become chancellor if the two kingmakers choose to side with him instead.

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