Merkel's alliance wins; No change in policy toward Serbia
The German election commission confirmed on Monday morning that the CDU/CSU alliance led by Angela Merkel had won the parliamentary elections.Source: Beta, Tanjug
The CDU/CSU won 33 percent of votes, paving the way for Merkel's fourth term as German chancellor. The Social Democrats (SPD) finished second with 20.5 percent of the vote. The right-wing AfD won 12.6 percent and will enter parliament for the first time. The FDP, the Greens, and the Left also have enough votes to enter parliament.
The election's "winner," Merkel, whose alliance received the most votes, but insufficient to rule alone, said she wants a stable government and believes that it can be formed by the end of the year.
Her current coalition partners, the SPD, have announced they will join the opposition because of poor election results, so the CDU/CSU must seek new partners either in the FDP, who are close to business circles, and the Greens, who lean toward the left.
Germany's state broadcaster Deutsche Welle said in a report on Monday that Merkel has achieved "a disappointing victory" as "the CDU sinks and nationalist AfD surges."
Serbia can count on Germany's support on its European path no matter what government there is in Berlin, German Ambassador Axel Dittmann has said.
"It makes no difference whatsoever what government will be formed, it is clear that it will be pro-European, and will support Serbia," Dittmann told Tanjug late on Sunday at his residence, where he hosted a gathering on the occasion of the German elections attended by numerous officials from Serbia's public and cultural life, among them Prime Minister Ana Brnabić.
After these parliamentary elections, six parties will enter the German parliament - "but it is important that pro-European forces have a majority," the ambassador explained.
"I look forward to working with Serbian officials here on Serbia's road towards the European Union," Dittmann said.