German election too close to call as polls close

BERLIN — Germany’s general election was too close to call after polls closed Sunday, with an initial projection putting the Social Democrats and the conservative CDU/CSU bloc neck and neck on 25 percent each.

The projection for public broadcaster ARD, based on exit polling, signaled that it could take hours for a clear picture to emerge.

The Greens were projected to win 15 percent and Free Democrats 11 percent, according to the forecast by pollster Infratest Dimap. Both parties are expected to join the next coalition government.

Another projection, for ZDF television, put the Social Democrats (SPD) slightly ahead on 26 percent, with the CDU/CSU on 24 percent.

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