The Greens and Free Democratic Party made enough gains to formed the government with the Social Democratic Party.
Projections show the centre-left Social Democratic Party of Germany narrowly beating Merkel's party the Christian Democratic Union of Germany in the popular vote by 1.7 percentage points, with the latter on course for its worst showing since the end of World War II. Both parties claim the mandate for the Chancellorship.
Bavarian minister president Markus Söder and leader of the ruling Christian Democratic Union Armin Laschet announce their respective candidacies to succeed current Chancellor Angela Merkel after the federal elections take place.
North Rhine-Westphalia minister-president Armin Laschet is elected leader of the Christian Democratic Union, one of the ruling parties in the Bundestag and the party of incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel. Laschet's election makes him a front-runner to be the party's candidate in the federal election in September.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who replaced German Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of the Christian Democratic Union, threatens to stand down as a chancellor candidate if her centre-right party continues to disagree over support.
The Free Democratic Party (FDP), which was in discussions over forming a government with the CDU, CSU and Alliance 90-The Greens, announced that the party refuses further coalition negotiations. The main reasons for the failure were questions about the politics concerning migration and environment.