Exit polls suggest victory for Angela Merkel in Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel has been returned to power in Germany, exit polls suggest, after her conservative bloc won more than 33% of the vote.
Mrs Merkel told supporters they had achieved "something magnificent", but said she wanted to be a chancellor of all Germans at a moment of
Mrs Merkel's bloc now looks set to form a centre-right alliance with her preferred partner, the pro-reform FDP.
She says the alliance will get Germany out of its worst crisis in 60 years.
Her rival, SPD leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier, admitted a "bitter defeat".
He said his party would be "vigilant in opposition". (continues here at BBC)