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Angela Merkel: 4 more years!

Four more years for Angela Merkel. Photo credit to Johannes Eisele/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Four more years for Angela Merkel. Photo credit to Johannes Eisele/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party appeared close to obtaining a super majority in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, making it only the second time in the country’s history that a ruling party has gained such political control.

Early returns showed Merkel’s bloc — the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) — with a slim 42.2% to 41.7% lead, according to exit polling by Germany’s Forsa Institute and released by German broadcaster RTL Television. With those early results, Merkel’s party was within two seats of obtaining a super majority.

Whether Merkel — who is running in her third election — obtains the coveted majority or not, the results appeared to validate her policies and leadership style as she has guided Germany through the Eurozone’s economic crisis amid criticism that she has held back bailout help to struggling EU nations. READ ARTICLE HERE