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.
Originally posted on BBC News