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Germany to start work on trade, China, Syria war: Angela Merkel

Germany to start work on trade, China, Syria war: Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she wants her new coalition government to get to work quickly following a deal her conservatives struck with the Social Democrats five months after the elections.

"I'm pleased about the result of the SPD members' vote", he said in a statement.

Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, who is expected to become finance minister, last month said the SPD would preserve Schaeuble's balanced budget policy, but Germany should not dictate economic policies to its euro zone partners.

But, the chancellor will go into her fourth term with far weaker cards than before, as she had to pay a high price to coax the reluctant Social Democratic Party (SPD) back into another loveless "grand coalition".

Josef Joffe, publisher-editor of weekly Die Zeit, questioned whether Merkel would last out the full parliamentary term to 2021, "or whether she will be forced to hand over leadership to a younger CDU generation in two years".

The center-left Social Democrats voted overwhelmingly to remain in a coalition with Merkel's conservative bloc, after hard and drawn-out negotiations triggered by September's elections, which saw the rise of a new right-wing force in German politics and raised questions about Merkel's future.

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The CDU have appointed three men and three women to fill their six cabinet posts under the coalition agreement and the SPD are expected to do the same.

In power since 2005, she has led Germany and the European Union through the financial and debt crises, but her waning authority at home could complicate efforts to deepen integration in the euro zone.

Merkel also appreciates the importance of a future government for Europe.

But she avoided the threat of early elections or trying to form a minority government. 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. With the coalition approved, she can now turn her attention to tackling rising anti-immigrant sentiment in Germany while pushing forward efforts to reform the stumbling European Union. He later changed his mind and led the yes campaign. It has sunk to an all-time low in survey by Emnid published on Saturday.

AfD mocked the SPD's decision, predicting that its decline would continue when Germany holds its next national election.


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