Eurosphere roundup: Merkel’s victory..German parties poised for coalition talks…


Merkel romps to victory in German election

Exit polls showed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU on 42 percent while Social Democrats stood at 26 percent

German parties poised for coalition talks

The chancellor insisted that she would not answer ?speculation? over the shape of the next government until the final result was clear

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Merkel leads in German vote, coalition unclear: Exit poll

An exit poll showed Merkel’s CDU on 42 percent while Social Democrats stood at 26 percent

German election exit polls suggest plenty of scenarios still in play

The first exit polls are in and it looks to be a very close run election. However, not at the top but at the bottom.

ARD: CDU/CSU 42%, SPD 26%, Greens 8%, Die Linke 8.5%, FDP 4.7%, AfD 4.9%.

ZDF: CDU/CSU 42.5%, SPD 26.5%, Greens 8.0%, Die Linke 8.5%, FDP 4.5%, AfD 4.8%.

Both polls suggest German Chancellor Angela Merkel CDU/CSU is the clear winner. Well above expected. However the results of the others mean there is plenty of scenarios still open. Below we run through them.



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