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Germany's 2013 elections were a personal triumph for Angela Merkel - she will be renewed in post for a third consecutive term.

The CDU/CSU even came close to an absolute majority in the Bundestag, but a grand coalition with its Social Democrat (SPD) opponents looms.

The SPD netted their second-worst result since 1945. There was initial joy at the fortunes of the Free Democrats - Merkel's partners in the current ruling coalition - who netted around 4.7 per cent of the vote. But that initial joy faded when their own results filtered in - 25.6 per cent, their second-worst performance since 1945.

Euronews provides essential information on the legislation around these areas. Discover our reports in Germany on poverty in the country, immigration, family policy, economics and other subjects, including portraits of our major parties and candidates.