The SPD annual conference in Leipzig is a gloomy affair. The party is still nursing its wounds from September's elections, while facing the prospect of a grand coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives.
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.
Angela Merkel's conservatives and her SPD allies were understandably upbeat during the signing of Germany's grand coalition agreement in Berlin. For the opposition parties, however, plenty of skepticism remains.
Germany's Social Democrats have revealed who their six ministers will be in the next Angela Merkel-led government. After a week of heady rumors, there were one or two surprises.
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.
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