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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