Germans are finally getting a new government. Leaders of the conservative CDU-CSU and the SPD sign a contract to seal their grand coalition today, almost 3 months after the election.
A Cabinet shake-up, including the removal of five ministers, has jolted Bavaria under its new premier, Markus Söder. His predecessor, Horst Seehofer, is interior minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition.
After Germany's Social Democrats finally gave in to the lure of another government coalition, Chancellor Angela Merkel can now start appointing her Cabinet. And she is already facing discontent from her own party.
Germany's Social Democrats and Angela Merkel's conservatives have signed a coalition agreement. DW examines their plans for the country's future.
It has been the longest period in modern German history between a national vote and the election of a chancellor. The country's president has seen off the new government with words of caution, says DW's Christoph Strack.
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