Election outcome gives jubilant Merkel a wardrobe headache

Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:44am EDT
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BERLIN (Reuters) - Relishing a thumping election victory for her conservatives in Germany's Sunday election, a smiling Angela Merkel said on Monday that conjecture about looming coalition talks presented her with a dilemma on what to wear.

With speculation swirling about her coalition options - which Germans tend to describe in terms of party colors - a relaxed-looking Merkel told reporters how she had tried to choose a neutral color for the news conference.

"This morning I stood in front of my wardrobe and I thought red is no good, bright green is no good, blue was yesterday, what are you going to do?" said Merkel, who wore a dark jacket with a blue-green hue.

"I decided for something very neutral," she chuckled, raising a cheer and applause from reporters.

The Social Democrats (SPD), with whom she seems most likely to share power, have red as their color while green represents the eco-friendly Greens who may offer Merkel another coalition option. Her own conservatives' color is black.

(Reporting by Madeline Chambers, editing by Gareth Jones)

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union ( CDU) Angela Merkel, gestures during a news conference after a CDU party board meeting in Berlin September 23, 2013, the day after the general election. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach