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BREAKING | Social Democrats narrowly beat Merkel's bloc in German vote

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats won the biggest share of the vote in a national election Sunday, narrowly beating outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel 's centre-right Union bloc in a closely fought race that will determine who succeeds the long-time leader at the helm of Europe's biggest economy.

Olaf Scholz, top candidate for chancellor of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) waves to his supporters after German parliament election at the party's headquarters in Berlin, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner)

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)