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Merkel wins German election, CDU with FDP

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Merkel wins German election, CDU with FDP


Angela Merkel has won a second term as Chancellor after voters in Germany returned her Christian Democrats to power. Merkel’s conservatives won a parliamentary majority on Sunday with the pro-business Free Democrats FDP. An FDP surge which offset CDU losses lets her end a hard-to-handle four-year partnership with the Social Democrats, who did badly.

Merkel said: “I want to be everyone’s Chancellor, for our country to do better, especially in this crisis.” Within one month, the CDU intends to clinch a coalition deal. The next government has a surging budget deficit, rising unemployment and more potential credit woes to cope with. Guido Westerwelle, head of the liberal Free Democrats, is widely expected to become Germany’s next foreign minister. The 47-year- old lawyer-by-training has led the FDP since 2001, widening its appeal, especially among young voters. He is also the only openly gay leader of a major political party in Germany.

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