Angela Merkel's conservatives warn the social democrats against demanding too much from coalition talks. Both sides have promised a tougher negiotiating style.
Berlin Mayor Michael Müller wants Germany to introduce what he terms a solidarity-based basic income. While some say his label isn't accurate, the plan throws critical light on the country's welfare program, Hartz IV.
Germany's chancellor will get a fourth term after her junior partners, the SPD, voted for a coalition deal. The new government could be in place in less than two weeks' time, ending months of uncertainty.
A cabinet shake-up, including the removal of five ministers, has jolted Bavaria under its new premier, Markus Söder. His rival, Horst Seehofer, is now interior minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition cabinet.
Germany's Social Democrats and Angela Merkel's conservatives have signed a coalition agreement. DW examines their plans for the country's future.
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