German exit polls indicate chancellor reelection
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 22:09
The Christian Democrats appear to be heading towards an election victory, according to initial exit polls in Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears set to maintain her status as one of Germany’s longest-serving leaders since the completion of World War II.
Merkel’s center-right party won 42 percent of the initial exit polls, which were released by the German public ARD broadcaster. This will give her the chance to combine forces with an opposing political party, likely the Social Democrats, which won 26 percent of the exit polls,.
If these two parties come together, it might make Germans more willing to support stimulus packages and loosen up when dealing with European partners like Greece, Spain and Portugal, analysts speculated.
Merkel, 59, has been a reserved but popular leader, earning the respect of Germans during Europe’s economic crisis. Peer Steinbrück, 66, Merkel’s main rival, is a longtime Social Democrat from Hamburg who served as finance minister under Merkel between 2005 and 2009.
Several challenges face Merkel and the Christian Democrats over the next four years, including sustaining growth in a shrinking population, restoring prosperity throughout Europe and addressing the increasing views that the gap between the rich and poor in Germany is widening.