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Merkel ‘heads for’ new coalition

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been returned to power in Germany, exit polls suggest, after her conservative bloc won more than 33% of the vote.

Mrs Merkel told supporters they had achieved “something magnificent”, but said she wanted to be a chancellor of all Germans at a moment of crisis.

Mrs Merkel’s bloc now looks set to form a centre-right alliance with her preferred partner, the pro-reform FDP.

Her rival, SPD leader Frank Walter Steinmeier, admitted a “bitter defeat”.

He said his party would be “vigilant in opposition”.

“The voters have decided and the result is a bitter day for German Social Democracy … there is no way of talking it up – the result is a bitter defeat,” the SPD leader said.

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Originally posted on BBC News

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