BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel won a landslide personal victory in Germany’s general election on Sunday, but her conservatives appeared just short of the votes needed to rule on their own and may have to convince leftist rivals to join a coalition government.
Partial results put support for Merkel’s conservative bloc on 42 percent, their strongest score since 1990, the year of German unification, and a ringing endorsement of her steady leadership during the euro zone crisis.
BERLIN, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Despite leading her
conservatives to their strongest election result in over two
decades, German Chancellor Angela Merkel now faces the unsavoury
prospect of having to court her arch-rivals on the left to
maintain her grip on power.
Even her political enemies admitted on Sunday night that
Merkel was the big winner of the first German vote since the
euro zone debt crisis erupted nearly four years ago and thrust
the reserved pastor’s daughter from East Germany into the role
of Europe’s dominant leader.
BERLIN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Angela Merkel was on track to
win a third term as chancellor in a German election on Sunday
after her conservatives scored their best result in decades, but
it was unclear whether she could avoid being forced into a
coalition with her leftist rivals.
Television exit polls showed Merkel’s conservative bloc -
the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Bavarian Christian
Social Union (CSU) — on 42 to 42.5 percent, which if confirmed
would be their strongest score since 1990.
BERLIN (Reuters) – In the first German election since Europe’s debt crisis erupted four years ago, voters are likely to give Angela Merkel a third term on Sunday, but may force her into a coalition with her leftist rivals and catapult a new anti-euro party into parliament.
The vote is being closely watched by Berlin’s European partners, with some hoping Chancellor Merkel will soften her approach towards struggling euro states like Greece if she is pushed into a ‘grand coalition’ with the Social Democrats (SPD).
BERLIN, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel looked
on track to win a third term in a weekend election in Germany
but faced a battle to preserve her centre-right majority and
avert a potentially divisive coalition with her arch-rivals, the
centre-left Social Democrats (SPD).
The vote on Sunday is being watched across Europe, with many
of Berlin’s partners hoping it will bring about a softening of
the austerity-first approach Merkel has promoted since the euro
zone debt crisis broke out nearly four years ago.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The breakdown in trust between Angela Merkel and Sigmar Gabriel can be traced back to June 2010, when the leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) leaked a confidential text message the chancellor sent him to Der Spiegel magazine.
A furious Merkel broke off contact with Gabriel for the months after the exchange, which concerned the choice of a candidate for president. The two eventually patched things up, but the episode reinforced the view in her entourage that the SPD chairman was not entirely reliable.