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Monday 21 May 2018

German Social Democrats back coalition deal with Merkel

The decision clears the last major hurdle to the formation of a new government and a fourth term for Ms Merkel.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Markus Schreiber/AP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Markus Schreiber/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party have voted in favour of joining a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc.

The decision clears the last major hurdle to the formation of a new government and a fourth term for Ms Merkel.

Sunday’s announcement by the party’s leadership ends almost six months of uncertainty in German politics, the longest the country has been without a government in its post-war history.

The centre-left Social Democrats had furiously debated whether to extend the so-called grand coalition for another four years after suffering a slump in last year’s election.

In the end, two-thirds of the party’s 464,000 members approved a coalition deal.

Parliament is expected to meet next week to elect Ms Merkel as chancellor, confirming her position as one of Europe’s dominant politicians.

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