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Merkel secures fourth term in government as SPD backs coalition deal

Merkel secures fourth term in government as SPD backs coalition deal

The path to a renewed Merkel chancellorship was freed on Sunday when the Social Democrats (SPD) decisively backed another four years of "grand coalition" government with Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) after two-thirds of party members voted in favor of it. The Party has again united together, and he has informed Chancellor Merkel by phone about the result, according to him. Congratulating the SPD for its "clear result", Merkel said using her CDU party's Twitter account that she was looking forward to "further cooperation for the good of our country". Following the SPD's emphatic decision for a new partnership, Merkel is expected to launch her fourth government by mid-March. It almost ended six months of political oblivion and set Germany on a path of stability. Andrea Nahles, a former employment minister, is now favourite to take over after she successfully led the Yes campaign in the coalition vote. "The SPD will enter the government".

Merkel's party, the Christian Social Union, had captured the most votes in national elections five months ago but hadn't been able to reach a coalition, which was necessary to run the government because it wasn't a majority.

The SPD's "green light" is a sign to stabilize the European Union after the Brexit.

"It's good news for Europe", his office said on a statement.

Had the long-time German leader faced a "no" result, she would have been left with only two realistic options: forming a minority government or seeking a new election. Now the parliament consists of lawmakers from seven political parties.

However, the new "Grand Coalition" will also make the AfD the largest opposition party in the Bundestag.

Illustrating his lukewarm support for the new tie-up with the SPD, he described the coalition agreement this week as "no furious firework of innovation". The party is set to hold six ministries, including the important Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Finance.

To stop the SPD from bolting, Merkel must deliver on those points in the coalition deal that are most dear to the Social Democrats: health care reform, and investment in education to meet the challenges of the digital age.

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When the SPD first joined the Union in 2005, they received 34 percent of the vote.

SPD voters approved continuing the coalition with 66% in favour.

In the elections on September 24., Merkel's party had 33 percent of the votes followed by SPD with 20.5 percent, the nationalist Alternative for Germany with 12.6 percent, the liberal Free Democrats with 10.7 percent, the left with 9.2 percent and the Greens with 8.9 percent.

Watching the announcement of the membership vote result on Sunday, Kühnert expressed his disappointment but indicated that he could continue to play an active role in the debate over the German left's future.

Social Democrat (SPD) leaders had faced stiff resistance from their radical youth wing, with many arguing the party should revive itself in opposition following last year's disastrous election result. It has sunk to an all-time low in survey by Emnid published on Saturday.

Rittelmeyer noted that next year's European elections coming "will be the first test" for the German parties.
"We can nearly expect that they try to outdo each other to have a European track record", he said.

"In 2021 at the latest, they'll pay the price", the party tweeted.