Merkel triumphs in German vote but allies crushed

Associated Press
Merkel triumphs in German vote but allies crushed

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, chairwoman of the Christian Democratic party CDU, smiles as she talks to her supporters at the party headquarters in Berlin Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. ARD and ZDF television projections Sunday showed a wide lead for Merkel's conservative Union bloc over challenger Peer Steinbrueck's Social Democrats. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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