Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has been overwhelmingly re-elected as the leader of her party, the CDU. She got almost 90 percent of the vote by the delegates at the party's annual conference in Essen.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has become an icon. Abroad, she's held in high esteem due to the length of her tenure and her conduct during Europe's refugee crisis. But back home, support for Merkel is waning.
Party leader Martin Schulz opened the event with an apology for the party's worst-ever election results. The SPD plans to hold a vote on entering preliminary talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU later in the day.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has held talks with SPD head Martin Schulz in an effort to break the country's political deadlock. SPD politicians have said there's no hurry to agree to another grand coalition.
Germany's Social Democrats have voted to start talks that could lead to a new government coalition. Over 80 percent of delegates also voted to keep Martin Schulz as SPD chairman. DW's Kate Brady was on-site in Berlin.
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