She may have got her man to be president but there is very little good news for the Chancellor in today’s German press.
It took three rounds of voting over a record- breaking nine hours for the Federal Assembly to finally choose Christian Wulff, Angela Merkel’s candidate for the largely ceremonial role.
Dozens of assembly members rebelled and backed the opposition candidate, Joachim Gauck, further underming Merkel’s influence after last month’s humiliating defeat for her party in an election for Germany’s most populous state.
Many now feel Merkel may be forced to revise her policies, including changes to government austerity plans.
Pressure on Merkel from within her own party is likely to rise in the run-up to six state elections next year, where further setbacks for the CDU could force her to step aside or call an early election.