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German parties agree on ‘grand coalition’

    2018-February-9  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU) and German Social Democrats (SPD) on Wednesday reached a contractual agreement on the outlines of a new “grand coalition.”

After a third extra day of negotiations that dragged on until dawn, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor and leader of CDU, told reporters the agreement would create “the good and stable government that our country needs and that many in the world expect from us.”

After making major concessions to get the accord, she acknowledged it had been a “long road that led us here” but added that “in the end, I think it was worth it.”

The breakthrough will come as a relief to Germany’s EU partners as the bloc faces tough negotiations on migration and Brexit.

Merkel, Europe’s most experienced leader, has seen her standing at home and abroad weakened by the longest stretch of coalition-building in the country’s postwar history.

But before she can be sworn in, a final hurdle looms: the hard-fought “grand coalition” pact between her CDU/CSU bloc and the Social Democratic Party must still be approved by the SPD’s skeptical rank-and-file.

Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief of the influential Bild daily, called it “the first SPD government led by a CDU chancellor.”

Merkel admitted the debate on the division of ministries “wasn’t easy” while Schulz held up the coalition deal as bearing “the strong signature of the Social Democrats.”

Sources close to the talks said Schulz, a former European Parliament chief, was now set to take over the foreign ministry and would reportedly give up the party chairmanship in return. (SD-Agencies)

 

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