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."


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. 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."


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 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. 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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