Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated the leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and Chancellor Angela Merkel on her party's recent parliamentary election triumph. According to information received from the premiership, Erdogan called Merkel by phone to congratulate the chancellor. In the parliamentary elections on Sunday, Merkel’s CDU/CSU alliance won 311 seats at the federal parliament, or Bundestag, just 5 seats short of an absolute majority. Social Democrats has 192 seats, and the Greens 63.