World Bulletin/News Desk
European leaders have congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her third election victory in a row in Sunday's vote for the 630-seat national parliament, Bundestag.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, and French President Francois Hollande said they are looking forward to continuing close cooperation with Merkel.
Cameron said on his official Twitter feed that he looked forward to continuing to work closely with the German Chancellor, adding, "Many congratulations to Angela Merkel."
Meanwhile, Van Rompuy has also congratulated Merkel, saying, "I congratulate Angela Merkel on the results of the elections."
Van Rompuy said he was confident that Germany and its new government will continue its commitment and contribution to the construction of a peaceful and prosperous Europe at the service of all its citizens.
"I look forward to continuing the close cooperation with Angela Merkel," Van Rompuy said in his twitter feed.
French President Francois Hollande also congratulated Merkel on her election victory.
Merkel's conservative bloc took about 41.5 percent of the votes in Sunday's vote, getting 311 seats -- just short of an absolute majority. She is likely to push for a grand coalition with the Social Democrats, who won about 26 percent of the votes.
Greens won 8.4 percent -- down 2.3 percent from previous elections -- as leftist Linke increased support by 3.3 percent to win 8.6 percent of the votes.
Merkel's former junior coalition partner, liberal Free Democrats, won 4.8 percent in a historic failure to cross the threshold of 5 percent needed to gain parliamentary representation.Last Mod: 23 Eylül 2013, 13:07