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After a campaign that banked on Merkel’s image as a calm, sensible and reassuring eurozone crisis manager, she led her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) close to its first absolute majority in half a century.
“The Merkel Republic,” ran the headline for a commentary on news site Spiegel Online, which declared that after the landslide outcome which won the chancellor a third term, “Germany has finally become Angela Merkel-Land”.
True to her style, Merkel pledged that “we will use the result responsibly and carefully,” but stressed that she intends to serve out her full term till 2017, as jubilant supporters yelled “Angie, Angie, Angie”.
The CDU and its Bavarian allies demolished their centre-left opponents with what a beaming Merkel called a “super-result” of 41.5 per cent, its best in 23 years. – telegraph.co.uk

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