A triumphant Angela Merkel took to the stage to rapturous applause form her supporters after winning the German general election.
She will remain as chancellor at the head of a coalition with the Christian Democrats prefered partner, the liberal FDP party, who won enough votes to force their way into government. Speaking in front of jubilant followers in Berlin Merkel said something “magnificent” had taken place. “You’re happy, I’m equally happy,” she said. “We have suceeded and reached the goal that we fixed ourselves. We’ve reached our goal – a stable majority in Germany, with a new government between the CDU and FDP, and it feels great.” The Christian Democrats vote was down on the previous election, however, as was that of the Social Democrats who had their worst performance in decades.