TribLIVE

| USWorld

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

German Chancellor Merkel stuns in election victory

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, 7:03 p.m.
 

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives triumphed in Germany's election on Sunday and appeared close to an absolute majority. While Merkel was headed for a third term, her center-right coalition partners faced ejection from parliament for the first time since World War II.

Depending on which parties end up in parliament, Merkel could find herself leading a “grand coalition” government with the left-leaning Social Democrats or — less likely — with the environmentalist Greens. Either way, several weeks of difficult negotiations are expected. Each combination might bring a slightly softer tone to Europe's debt crisis, but probably without any significant policy shifts.

Merkel, Germany's chancellor since 2005 and the de facto leader of the response to Europe's debt crisis over the past three years, told supporters that it was “a super result.” She wouldn't immediately speculate about the shape of the next government, but the 59-year-old made clear that she plans to serve a full term.

“I see the next four years in front of me, and I can promise that we will face many tasks at home, in Europe and in the world,” Merkel said during a television appearance with other party leaders.

If her coalition lacks a majority and the conservatives can't govern alone, the likeliest outcome is a Merkel-led alliance with the Social Democrats. The two are traditional rivals, but governed Germany together in Merkel's first term as a result of an inconclusive 2005 election.

“The ball is in Merkel's court,” said her center-left challenger, Peer Steinbrueck.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve ‘sin of abortion’
  2. Officer killed in Ukraine clash with nationalist protesters
  3. China’s WWII parade of military might stirs up Taiwan, others in Asia
  4. European Union struggles for answers as migrant influx raises tensions
  5. Pakistan allows gathering of 1,000 Taliban amid leadership rift
  6. Temple in ancient Syrian city of Palmyra bombed by ISIS terrorists
  7. Migrant surge: Europe ill-prepared for invasion of foreigners
  8. Ukrainian filmmaker gets 20 years for conspiracy to commit terror attacks
  9. Migrants risk all to flee
  10. Beirut protests grow as summer garbage crisis lingers
  11. British Columbia windstorm knocks out electricity