Angela Merkel has emerged stronger than ever within her own party but because she failed to win an overall majority her political position as Germany's three-times chancellor has been weakened. Now she will have to form a coalition government with new partners and she will face tough negotiations with possible partners demanding huge concessions on policy.

<i>The ruling conservative CDU/CSU had only one message during the election campaign - Angela Merkel. After the elections there is only one winner - Angela Merkel. But despite this unexpected massive endorsement for her, the next four years of Angela Merkel's chancellorship are likely to be more inconvenient than the last eig...

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Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth
A grand coalition between the two parties that have taken turns in running the Federal Republic since 1949 is the most likely outcome
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