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Merkel nearly makes history with big German election win
by Dylan Lobo on Sep 23, 2013 at 08:18
Angel Merkel's handling of the eurozone debt crisis has won the seal of approval from the German electorate.
The chancellor's party won another term at this weekend's election, although she finished just short of an historic absolute majority.
Merkel’s CDU/CSU won 41.5% of the vote in the federal elections, giving the party 311 seats in the Bundestag out of a total of 630 representatives for the new term, just four seats shy of an absolute majority.
However, her current coalition partner in the government, the Liberal Democrats (FDP), will not be represented in parliament because they missed the 5% minimum threshold for the first time in Bundestag history, securing only 4.8% of the vote.
As a consequence, Merkel will have to build coalition with either the Social Democrats, which won 25.7% (192 seats), or the Green party (8.4%, 63 seats).
Although the radical left party, die Linke, gained 8.6% of the vote (64 seats), both the SPD and Green parties have ruled out a coalition with them.
Merkel described the result as 'super and said 'we can celebrate tonight because we have done something fantastic.'
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