A day of resignations
"There will clearly be significant leadership changes in the parties that lost the ballot, the liberal (FDP) and the Green parties," says German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung.
FDP leader, Philipp Rösler, stepped down on September 23 as did the party's entire national executive. New leadership should be appointed at a party congress scheduled for next January.
In the Green Party, the paper adds, the entire national executive also resigned, including Green leader Claudia Roth.
Illustrating its front page with an election map of Germany, Süddeutsche Zeitung announces that Angela Merkel's sweeping victory has "changed the face of the republic, [...] which is now black," the colour of the CDU/CSU union. The incumbent Chancellor is, nonetheless, seeking a new coalition partner. But the SPD [Social Democrats] with whom she would prefer to govern, are asking her to change her policy towards Europe. "Forming a government in Berlin is proving difficult," the paper concludes.
Read this article in German.