Triumphant Merkel to start search for coalition ally
BERLIN (AFP) - The day after her stunning election triumph, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on Monday set to start the process of haggling with potential partners over how to rule Europe's biggest economy.
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".