German President Joachim Gauck (R) hands over the certificate of appointment to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on December 17, 2013 at Bellevue Palace in Berlin
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German parliament confirms Angel Merkel for new term

Angela Merkel has been confirmed as German chancellor for a third term, at the head of a grand coalition, by a vote in the Bundestag (parliament).

The coalition between her centre-right CDU/CSU bloc and the Social Democrats (SPD) has a huge majority, with 504 of the 631 seats in the lower house.

Mrs Merkel was confirmed by 462 votes, with nine abstentions.

Germany's tough stance on fiscal discipline is unlikely to change under the new coalition.

Stephen Evans reports from Berlin.

  • 17 Dec 2013
  • From the section Europe