Chancellor Angela Merkel wins German re-election

September 28, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Chancellor Angela Merkel has won re-election in Germany with a clear parliamentary majority that will replace the oddly matched coalition of conservatives and Social Democrats that ran Europe’s biggest economy for the last four years. With Germany struggling to recover from the deepest economic slump since World War II, Mrs Merkel’s CDU and its Bavaria-only sister, the Christian Social Union CSU, won 33.8 per cent of the vote while the opposition Social Democrats took 23 percent. The liberal Free Democrats who will form a coalition with the CDU/CSU, recorded their best ever result with around 14.7 percent, will try to pull the new government towards tax cuts and health care reform.  Merkel, 55, a conservative, said on ARD television that talks on forming a coalition with the Free Democrats will proceed quickly, and her focus will be on creating jobs and returning Europe’s largest economy to prosperity.  Voters spurned plans by Merkel’s Social Democratic challenger to raise taxes on the most wealthy Germans. Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s SPD had its worst postwar result in what he called a “bitter day” after sharing power with Merkel for four years and governing for the previous seven.  The new government faces major economic challenges, with a surging budget deficit, and rising unemployment that may create a credit crunch.


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One Response to “Chancellor Angela Merkel wins German re-election”

  1. KT D on September 29th, 2009 1:30 pm

    There is much discussion surrounding the reelection of Angela Merkel and her desire for more conservative policies in the year ahead. Obviously, more than half of Germany wanted to give her/her policies (as well as those working with her in a kind of “political collaboration”) a try. Still, the election was very close and there are still quite a few Germans who are vehemently opposed to Merkel as Chancellor. It will be interesting to see how things work (or do not work) out for her the next few months and how many of her goals she is actually able to see through.

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