After today's meeting, the Christian Democrats
also apologised to Germany's Jews.
The conservative Christian Democrats
surged to 51 per cent of the vote, up nearly nine points from the last election five years ago.
Mr Davis, aged 61, MP for Hodge Hill since 1983, stood as a socialist candidate but was beaten when delegates from member countries gave 138 votes to Mr Schwimmer's alliance of Conservatives, Christian Democrats
claimed victory in the European Parliament elections, predicting that for the first time in 20 years they will replace Socialists as the largest group in the 626-seat European Union assembly.
Merkel[euro]o's Christian Democrats
and the Social Democrats, who have agreed to re-enter a grand coalition together, have a total of 399 votes between them.
Germany's Christian Democrats
(CDU) on Monday approved a coalition deal with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), bringing conservative leader Angela Merkel a step closer to a fourth term as chancellor of Europe's biggest economy.
Europe sighed in relief on Sunday night when the news broke that Germany's Social Democratic Party had agreed to negotiate another coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats
The five-day talks will include Merkel's Christian Democrats
(CDU), its sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the Social Democrats (SPD).
The two major parties, the Christian Democrats
(CDU7 CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD), predominate and could end up forming another Grand Coalition after the Bundestag election that will take place on September 24.
Victory for Mrs Merkel's Christian Democrats
in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which includes Cologne, Dusseldorf and the Ruhr industrial region, is a stinging blow to Germany's Social Democrats party.
Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats
opposed the move in the past and due to that there have been differences in opinion among the coalition.
The President of the European Peoples Party (EPP), Joseph DAUL, expressed his support and wished EPP member party, the Homeland Union Lithuanian Christian Democrats
(TS-LKD), and Chairman, Gabrielius LANDSBERGIS, an electoral victory.