Social Democratic Party (SPD) top candidate Peer Steinbrueck receives applause from party leader Sigmar Gabriel and Thorsten Schaefer-Guembel (L-R), faction leader in the Hesse state parliament, at ... more 
Social Democratic Party (SPD) top candidate Peer Steinbrueck receives applause from party leader Sigmar Gabriel and Thorsten Schaefer-Guembel (L-R), faction leader in the Hesse state parliament, at the party headquarters in Berlin, September 23, 2013. Angela Merkel won a landslide personal victory in Germany's general election on Sunday, but her conservatives appeared just short of the votes needed to rule on their own and may have to convince leftist rivals to join a coalition government. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) less 
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