Thursday 22 February 2018

Germany's Merkel wins third term

Politicians elected Angela Merkel as Chancellor by 462 votes to 150 with nine abstentions.
Politicians elected Angela Merkel as Chancellor by 462 votes to 150 with nine abstentions.

Germany's Parliament has elected Chancellor Angela Merkel to a third term as the leader of Europe's biggest economic power, nearly three months after an awkward election result forced her to put together a new governing coalition.

Politicians elected Mrs Merkel as Chancellor by 462 votes to 150 with nine abstentions. She now heads a "grand coalition" of Germany's biggest parties - her conservative Union bloc and the centre-left Social Democrats.

The two are traditional rivals. Their effort to form a government after national elections on September 22 has been the longest in post-Second World War Germany.

The new government will move Germany somewhat leftward, for example introducing a national minimum wage, but will take a largely unchanged approach to approach to Europe's debt crisis.

AP

Press Association

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