Merkel wins but questions remain over possible coalition

GERMANY: Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU won a resounding 41.5% of the German vote after federal elections on Sunday 22 September 2013, putting her firmly back at the helm.

Merkel wins a third term as German chancellor
Merkel wins a third term as German chancellor

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However, it is unclear what parties her coalition will comprise. A grand coalition with the social democrats, the SPD party, which won 25.7% and has pro-coal and lignite tendencies, is possible.

Alternatively, the Greens with 8.4% might be persuaded to join the CDU/CSU to add a stronger renewables leaning to a future coalition.

The Left party clocked up 8.4%. In the unlikely event that SPD and Greens agree to work with the Left Party to total 42.7%, Merkel's strength could be challenged.

The anti-renewable liberal FDP Party has been thrown out of parliament altogether, getting less than 5% of the vote.

Future wind and renewables plans will , anyway, be tempered by the upper house (Bundesrat) — representing the federal states — which is dominated by the SPD and the Greens.

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