BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives triumphed in Germany's election Sunday, and are hoping for the first single-party majority in more than 50 years.
While Merkel was headed for a third term, her center-right coalition partners faced ejection from parliament for the first time in post-World War II history.
Depending on what parties end up in parliament, Merkel could also find herself leading a "grand coalition" government with the left-leaning Social Democrats or — less likely — with the environmentalist Greens. Either way, that would likely to take several weeks of difficult negotiations.
Merkel, Germany's chancellor since 2005 and the de facto leader of the response to Europe's debt crisis over the past three years, told supporters it was "a super result." She wouldn't immediately speculate about the shape of the next government, but the 59-year-old made clear she plans to serve a full term.
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