German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) addresses supporters after first exit polls in the German general election at the CDU party headquarters in Berlin on Sept. 22, 2013. Xinhua/Luo Huanhuan)
BERLIN, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), emerged as the biggest winner in Sunday's federal election, official provisional results showed early Monday.
The pair garnered 41.5 percent of the vote, while the largest opposition party, the center-left Social Democrat Party (SPD), took 25.7 percent, according to the results.
The Green party, the SPD's favored ally, captured 8.4 percent, and the Left Party, 8.6 percent.
"This is a super result," a smiling Merkel dressed in blue told chanting supporters at her party headquarters in Berlin on Sunday night.
Merkel's junior coalition partner, the Free Democrats, however, failed to retain seats in parliament, with its disappointing share of 4.8 percent.
The Euroskeptic party of Alternative for Germany, an election wild card founded early this year, also fell short of the 5-percent threshold required to win seats in parliament.
Without a majority in parliament, the CDU/CSU bloc has to find a partner to form a coalition in order to rule Europe's largest economy for the next four years.
A "grand coalition" with the SPD as in Merkel's first term of 2005-2009 seems to be her preferred option, as a partnership with the Greens is likely to be even more difficult owing to their policy difference.
Talks with the SPD may involve weeks of horse-trading. "We will discuss the issue in committees tomorrow," said Merkel on Sunday night.
BRUSSELS, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- European Council President Herman Van Rompuy on Sunday congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel whose conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) may be on course to win an absolute majority in the country's federal elections.
"I congratulate Angela Merkel on the results of the elections," Van Rompuy said in a statement posted shortly after exit polls gave the CDU/CSU bloc some 16-point lead over their arch rival the Social Democrats (SPD).Full story
BERLIN, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- The latest exit poll results showed Sunday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) could have an absolute majority if the FDP and the AfD fail to enter the new parliament.
The poll by ARD television revealed that the CDU/CSU bloc secured 42.5 percent with 302 seats in a 598-seat lower house of the parliament without Merkel's current junior coalition partner Free Democrats (FDP) and the anti-euro Alternative for Germany (AfD).Full story