Piggybacking a popular wave, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has retuned to the office by making a hat-trick. She led the Christian Democratic Union to a super victory in parliamentary elections, but fell short of an absolute majority. The CDU and its sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) got 4 seats short of an absolute majority in the new Bundestag, lower Parliament, one of the best results of the conservatives. The two parties together polled 41.7 % votes, nearly 8% more than the last elections and secured 311 seats in the lower house.
The CDU's victory was tempered by the rout of Merkel's junior coalition partner, the Free Democratic Party (FDP), which was eliminated from the Bundestag for the first time as it failed to get the minimum 5 % votes needed to gain parliamentary representation. Merkel is only the third post-war chancellor to win a third 3rd term.
The results are being viewed as a strong approval of Merkel's leadership during the euro zone debt crisis and her policies, which brought economic stability at home, low unemployment level and a higher living standard than in many of Germany's EU partners.