- With the pro-business Free Democrats wiped out of the German parliament, it looks as if Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic bloc will be forced into a grand coalition with the left-of-center Social Democrats or into a deal with the Greens, neither of which is particularly enthusiastic about serving under the Chancellor.
- Party leaders are scheduled to meet today to discuss negotiations.
- The Christian Democratic grouping received 41.5% of the vote, the SDP 25.7% and the Greens 8.4%.
- The challenges Merkel faces include the eurozone crisis, Germany's aging population, a lack of investment in education and infrastructure, and soaring pension costs.
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Merkel could find building coalition difficult
Sep 23 2013, 02:59 ET