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Fresh off a landslide victory on Sunday's election day, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she has already reached out to the center-left Social Democratic Party as she tries to form a new governing coalition.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative allies triumphed in Bavaria's state election Sunday, according to projections, though her partners in government suffered a painful setback just a week before Germany's national vote.
Less than a month before Germans head to the polls, Chancellor Angela Merkel remains the country's most popular politician and her conservative Christian Democratic Union holds a significant lead among voters in a campaign that could set the tone for the next decade of the eurozone and trans-Atlantic relations.
Chancellor Angela Merkel launched her bid for re-election Tuesday, telling party faithful her government has successfully steered Germany through the worst of the European financial crisis and is best equipped to guide it through what may still be tough times ahead.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition suffered a new setback, and Germany's main opposition parties celebrated gains in a state election Sunday that came as Mrs. Merkel's unpopular government grapples with the eurozone debt crisis and other challenges.
Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Monday to press ahead with a review of nuclear power's future in Germany after her coalition suffered a "very painful" defeat in a weekend state election dominated by Japan's nuclear crisis.
With a flat economic outlook and several recent state elections already lost by the ruling Social Democratic-Green coalition, Germany may well get a new and more conservative government within two years.