Germany's Social Democrats are set to join a coalition government with Angela Merkel's conservatives after the SPD party's rank and file overwhelmingly approved the move in a referendum. The new government will take office on Tuesday.
Andrea Nahles has become the first woman to lead Germany's Social Democrats — though by a disappointing margin of votes. She must simultaneously attempt to lead and reform the SPD, Jefferson Chase reports from Wiesbaden.
The SPD hasn't showered its new leader with premature praise. But Andrea Nahles shouldn't take it personally. Her poor election result is just an indication of how wary the party is, says DW's Sabine Kinkartz.
Germany's SPD has announced there will be no Cabinet post for erstwhile leader Sigmar Gabriel in the new coalition government. Reports suggest Justice Minister Heiko Maas is set to take over as foreign minister.
Germany's oldest party is set to elect its first female leader. Despite opinion poll skepticism, lead candidate Andrea Nahles is confident she can turn the Social Democrats' ailing electoral fortunes around.
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