The newly re-elected German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted with mixed emotions as she spoke to her post-election party in Berlin, Sunday. «There's no need to avoid talking about it — we expected a better result, that's absolutely clear,» she told those gathered after the CDU/CSU dropped 9 percentage points, although still came out on top. «I am happy with you, that we reached our strategic... Еще goals of our campaign. We are the strongest force as the CDU and CSU,» she continued before speaking of the challenge that the AfD surge brings. Amongst the Chancellor's supporters there were pockets of discontent as well as some who were excited for what the potential coalition could bring.