German business leaders and economists have shown little surprise at Chancellor Merkel’s election win. However, they hope for reforms and lament the absence of the pro-business FDP in the new government.
The international press agrees the Christian Democrats' stunning victory in national polls is first and foremost a triumph for Chancellor Angela Merkel
Europe paid close attention to the vote in Germany. Correspondents from across Europe believe that whoever will govern in Berlin will have a major impact on politics in the entire eurozone.
While some in Germany may have been suprised by the election result, there was little attention coming from the US. Germany- and Europe-watchers had expected her to remain in power anyway.