Negotiators for Germany’s two biggest parliamentary groups the Christian Democrats (CDU, with its Bavarian partners, the Christian Social Union, CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) have reached an agreement that will establish a ‘grand coalition’ government in Berlin.
Angela Merkel will become Chancellor for a third term, returning to the coalition partners with whom she shared power from 2005 to 2009.
However, she has had to make a number of concessions to the SPD. The Social Democrats demanded a high price for entry into a new pact after their crushing defeat in 2009.
The 185-page agreement entitled ‘Shaping Germany’s Future’ will be put to SPD members for approval, with ballots due to be counted on 14 December.
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