Political Parties React To Election Results


Angela Merkel, German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the German... News PhotoAngela Merkel,Berlin,Bestof,Capital Letter,Celebration,Chairwoman,Chancellor,Christian Democratic Union,Democracy,Election,Embracing,Germany,Giving,Government,Headquarters,Hermann Groehe,Horizontal,People,Politics,Secretary-General,Topics,Topix,Ursula von der Leyen,Voting,Waist UpPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesBERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22: Angela Merkel, German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU), gets a hug from Minister of Work and Social Issues Ursula von der Leyen while celebrating with other members of her party, including CDU General Secretary Hermann Groehe (2nd from R), at CDU headquarters after initial results give the CDU 42% of the vote in German federal elections on September 22, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Germany is holding federal elections that will determine whether Merkel will remain chancellor for a third term. Though the CDU has a strong lead over the opposition, its partner party in the current government coalition, the German Free Democrats (FDP), failed to gain the 5% necessary to retain seats in the Bundestag and speculations run wide as to what coalition will be viable in coming weeks to create a new government. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)