Angela merkel's CDU-CSU bloc met for a second round of exploratory coalition talks with the Social Democrats. Monday's session could shed light on how the next Merkel-led government will look, and when it might be sealed.
Is this really the death knell for Germany's venerable Social Democrats? For the first time, the party is even less popular than the right-wing AfD. Germany's party landscape is shifting dramatically, says Felix Steiner.
More than 450,000 Social Democratic party members will decide whether to enter another grand coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel. Past referendums have been formalities, but this time the result is far from assured.
Rather than abstaining from alcohol, Germany's politicians took swigs of beer and rhetorical swipes at one another during traditional party gatherings on Ash Wednesday. But the humor also veered into more serious ground.
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.
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