After protracted talks, Angela Merkel’s conservatives have made a deal with the Social Democrats for a new coalition contract in Germany. The SPD confirmed this in a message to its members, who will have the final say.
Wednesday’s key developments
- The SPD, CDU and CSU have agreed in principle on a coalition deal, but a vote of SPD members still awaits.
- SPD to now have three major portfolios: finance, foreign affairs and labor.
- Bavaria’s CSU, which advocates a tougher line on immigration than Chancellor Merkel, takes over the Interior Ministry.
- Merkel’s CDU gains the Economy Ministry and smaller posts, but is giving up the influential Interior and Finance ministries… Read more : Deutsche Welle, 07.02.2018