25 Sep 2013
Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats are the clear winners of the German elections on Sunday, September 22, with a result of 41.6%. Backed by relatively good economic figures for the German Republic, Merkel has capitalized on the widespread impression that she has led Germany through the crisis and defends German interests abroad.
However, the opposition, consisting of the social democratic SPD, the socialist Left Party, and the Green Party, now have a slight parliamentary majority. Neverthless, despite this left-of-center majority, hardly anyone in Germany believes that there is a chance that the Social Democrats, the Greens, and the socialists would form a joint government. Both the Greens and the SPD have consistently supported Merkel's austerity politics in Europe.
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