The BBC News reported on Sunday that Angela Merkel is likely to win a third term as German chancellor. While not all the votes have been counted, exit polls are showing that Merkel's party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), is close to obtaining a super majority in Sunday's parliamentary elections. Early results show that the CDU and the Christian Social Union (CSU) -- both parties are part of Merkel's block -- with a 44.3% to 41.7% lead.
Merkel is close to obtaining a super majority in the German parliament, which would be only the second time in the country's history that a ruling party has gained such political control. However, regardless of whether or not Merkel obtains the majority, the election results reflect the German people's support of Merkel and her policies that have guided the country through a difficult Eurozone economic crisis.
Merkel's victory in Sunday's election is a vastly different result from when she first ran in 2005. At the time, Merkel's campaign for tax increases were not fully supported by voters. The German chancellor took office with a small plurality after her party was forced to form a coalition with her opponent's party, the venter-left Social Democratic Party (SPD).
Even though exit polls are showing that Merkel will win the coveted super majority, if she is unable to do so, she will have to build another coalition with an opposition party. The last time Germany saw a political party with a super majority was in 1957 with Kondrad Adenauer, the country's first post-WWII chancellor.