German Chancellor Merkel Strikes Deal For New Coalition Government

German Chancellor Merkel Strikes Deal For New Coalition Government

German Chancellor Merkel Strikes Deal For New Coalition Government

The Germans voted in a general election on September 24, where Merkel's party came out with the most votes, but fell short of an outright majority.

NEW GOVERNMENT? German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel speaks to journalists as she arrives at the CDU's headquarters on November 17, 2017 in Berlin.

If all goes well for her, Merkel, after 12 years in power, will be elected for a fourth term by a majority of lawmakers in the Bundestag. "In addition, more should be invested in apartments, in traffic and in the energy transition", she added. Therefore, Europe needs a new departure, and she was optimistic that things were moving ahead. Should the outcome be fruitful, it may pave the way to forming a grand coalition of the two biggest parties.The parties clashed over a number of crucial issues, including refugee policies, the future of the European Union and budgeting. The immigration of refugees should not exceed 180,000 to 220,000 people per year, no tax increases are planned, and the family reunion for refugees should be possible in the future "only for humanitarian reasons" and limited to 1,000 cases per month.

The three German parties also support turning the eurozone emergency fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) into a full-blown European Monetary Fund under parliamentary control and anchored in EU law.

She said her Christian Democrats would "work constructively to find the necessary compromises but we are also aware that we need to execute the right policies for our country and that is why today will be a tough day".

To win over the SPD, Merkel agreed to 5.95 billion euros ($7.2 billion) of investment in education, research and digitalization by 2021, expanded child care rights, and a pledge to strengthen Europe's cohesion with increased German contributions to the European Union budget.

Germany inches towards a new government after Angela Merkel strikes deal with SPD to enter formal coalition talks.

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The paper, on which the two sides agreed, has to be approved by the coalition talks groups in each party, the newspaper said.

The political situation seems to be heading to a finish over the next couple of weeks as Merkel gets ready to start negotiations with the old SPD party.

It paves the way to formal coalition negotiations that will end government vacuum lasting for over three months since September 24 federal elections, and the new policies will be a strong boost to European Union after the Brexit.

"Germans have been waiting more than 100 days for a government and they've had enough", thundered the Bild tabloid, asking Dr Merkel: "Where is your plan?"

In fact, not only is Merkel's career on the line, but also Schulz's and that of Horst Seehofer - the leader of Merkel's Bavarian allies, said political analyst Karl-Rudolf Korte of Duisburg-Essen University.

Considered a potential breakthrough on a new grand coalition following months of political uncertainty, the document could nevertheless be changed before the start of the formal talks. That means Germany is unlikely to have a new government until late March at the earliest. Political engineering was needed to persuade Social Democrats to sit down at negotiating table.

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