Angela Merkel wins third term as German Chancellor
- She is now on track to surpass Margaret Thatcher (1979-90) as Europe's longest-serving female leader.
- Konrad Adenauer was the last chancellor to secure a Bundestag (German Parliament) majority without need of a coalition partner in 1957 (the only one since the world war 2)
- She becomes the only leader in the eurozone to be re-elected since 2010 euro crisis. (12 out of 17 eurozone governments have fallen thereafter)
- She is only the third post-war chancellor to secure three election wins after 'Konrad Adenauer' and her mentor 'Helmut Kohl'
- Her party Christian Democratic Union/ Christian Social Union of Bavaria polled 41.5% of the vote but sadly her other coalition partner, the FDP secured just 4.8% of the vote consequently falling out of parliament for the first time since its inception.
- Christian Democratic Union/ Christian Social Union of Bavaria: 311 seats (The incumbent)
- Majority mark: 316
- Social Democrats: 192 (The main opposition)
- Left party: 64
- The Greens: 63
- Total seats: 630
- It will be 18th Bundestag
- CDU/CSU: 239 seats
- Social Democrats: 146 seats
- The Bundestag is elected using a mixed member proportional system. Voters have two votes: with their first they elect a member of Bundestag for their constituency, with the second they vote for a party
- Multiparty system notorious for giving split mandate leading to coalition government
- A party is required to pass the threshold of minimum 5% votes to win seats in the Bundestag; failing which means no representation in Bundestag
- Born in communist East Germany she entered politics after the 1989 revolution
- A former physical chemist she became the Chancellor of Germany in 2005 (First female Chancellor)
- Topped Forbes magazine's list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" from 2006-2013 barring 2010 (toppled by Michelle Obama)
President of Germany : Joachim Gauck
December 2013: Angela Merkel finally elected as new German chancellor (for third term ) after her party Christian Democrats Union (CDU) struck 'grand coalition' deal with centre-left rival party Social Democrats (SPD).