Merkel habla de coalición

La canciller de Alemania, Angela Merkel
Image caption La canciller Angela Merkel sostendrá charlas de coalición con los Liberales Demócratas tras su victoria electoral.

Merkel enters coalition talks

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is beginning talks with the pro-business Free Democrats on forming a centre-right coalition. Mrs Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc is back in power after a sweeping victory in Sunday's general election.

Reporter: Jonny Dymond

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There are some long days of talks to come, but the shape of Germany's new government is clear.

Angela Merkel can dump the centre-left Social Democrats she has uncomfortably cohabited with for four years, and instead invite the pro-business Free Democrats to join her as a junior partner. Together they will have a comfortable majority in parliament. Ms Merkel described the result as amazing.

Her opposite number, Social Democrat Frank-Walter Steinmeier had a terrible night, his party battered down to just 22.5% of the vote. It was, he said, a bitter defeat.

Jonny Dymond, BBC News, Berlin

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there are some long days of talks to come vienen varios días de largas conversaciones

the shapela formación

dumpdeshacerse de uncomfortably cohabited with (con quienes) se encontraba obligada a trajabar

a comfortable majorityuna cómoda mayoría

her opposite numbersu contraparte

battered down to just(el partido) recibió tan sólo un 22,5% de los votos

a bitter defeatuna amarga derrota