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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 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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