Germany's Merkel to talk to May on Tuesday - lawmakers

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Germany's parliament has elected Angela Merkel for her fourth term as chancellor, putting an end to almost six months of political drift in Europe's biggest economy. The Social Democrats agreed to join the government only after lengthy internal wrangling.

Merkel has been only a caretaker chancellor since October, and many unresolved issues await the new government. "Now full steam ahead for Germany". "Such differences of opinion over whether situations are fair or not have to be resolved in talks, I think, and not if it can be avoided in some way by unilateral actions", she told reporters in Berlin.

After Merkel's reelection she will immediately travel to Schloss Bellevue to receive a letter of appointment by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, before heading back to the Bundestag in order to take the oath of office.

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"(Merkel) said it's up to Russian Federation to quickly provide answers to the British government's justified questions and to heed the call to completely and immediately lay bare the relevant chemical weapons programme to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons", Seibert said.

AÂ so-called grand coalition has ruled Germany since 2013, but when all three parties lost support in September's general election, the SPD initially said it would go into opposition and regroup. "It shows that the grand coalition is actually going to be a small coalition".