Merkel hails EU vote win, regrets populist rise

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday praised the "solid result" of her conservatives in European Parliament elections while saying the rise of far-right and populist parties was "remarkable and regrettable".

With neither the conservatives nor Socialists having won a clear majority, she said "there must be talks" on who fills the post of European Commission president to succeed Jose Manuel Barroso.

The talks would deal with both who should take the EU's top executive post and topics such as how to fight "unemployment, the queston of how we can become competitive and how we can create growth," Merkel said.