December 18, 2014
BERLIN (AP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel says her conservatives will do everything to make the next four years successful for Germany after what appears to be a triumphant election win.
ARD and ZDF television projections Sunday showed a wide lead for Merkel's conservative Union bloc over challenger Peer Steinbrueck's Social Democrats. Merkel told supporters: "This is a super result."
But Merkel's coalition partners for the past four years, the pro-business Free Democrats, were in danger of losing their seats in Parliament.
That means it's uncertain who Merkel can govern Germany with in a third four-year term.
Steinbrueck said his party didn't achieve the result it expected. He said: "The ball is in Ms. Merkel's court. She has to get herself a majority."
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