Angela Merkel wins third term

Angela Merkel has won a historic third term as chancellor after her party won Germany's election, but fell short of an absolute majority.

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Cameron congratulates Merkel on historic win

David Cameron has congratulated Chancellor Angela Merkel on securing a third term win in Germany's federal elections.

Chancellor Angela Merkel
Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates her party's re-election. Credit: Reuters

The British Prime Minister called it "an historic result for chancellor Merkel and her party".

Just short of an overall majority at 41.5%, Merkel will be forced to make a new coalition after her former partners, the Free Democrats, failed to stay in parliament.

A No 10 spokesperson said: "Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to continued co-operation between Germany and the UK."

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Merkel: 'Too early to say how we will proceed'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said it is "too early to say exactly how we will proceed" in forming a government.

If her current coalition lacks a majority and her party cannot govern alone, the likeliest outcome is a Merkel-led alliance with the Social Democrats, the Associated Press reported.

SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbruck tonight.
SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbruck tonight. Credit: Kay Nietfeld/DPA/Press Association Images

The two are traditionally rivals, but governed Germany together in Merkel's first term after an inconclusive 2005 election.

"The ball is in Merkel's court," her center-left challenger, Peer Steinbruck, said. "She has to get herself a majority."

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Merkel hails 'super result' in German elections

Chancellor Angela Merkel told her supporters, "This is a super result," after exit polls suggested a triumphant election win for her party.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts to first results of the 2013 German federal elections
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts to first results of the 2013 German federal elections Credit: Michael Kappeler/DPA/Press Association Images

Projections from German broadcasters ARD and ZDF show a wide lead for Merkel's Christian Democratic Union against challenger Peer Steinbruck's Social Democrats.

Merkel said her party will do "everything" to make the next four years successful for Germany .

Merkel's CDU 'on course' for historic election win

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party is on course to win an historic absolute majority in the German election, according to a projection based on exit polls and some results from broadcaster ARD.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts to first results of the 2013 German federal elections.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts to first results of the 2013 German federal elections. Credit: Michael Kappeler/DPA/Press Association Images

The projection puts the CDU on 42.5% - just above the combined total for the other parties who together scored 41.6%, Reuters reported.

The last time a German party won an absolute majority was in 1957 with conservative leader Konrad Adenauer.

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