Andrea Nahles is to take over as the leader of Germany’s Social Democrats as Martin Schulz takes up the position of Foreign Minister in the next coalition government. Nahles is among a number of women to rise swiftly through the party ranks.
Angela Merkel's junior coalition partners, the SPD, are in an even bleaker mood in Bavaria than her own conservative party. The coalition government's internal feuding in Berlin has clearly damaged the Social Democrats.
The German chancellor needs her junior coalition partners, the Social Democrats, to govern, but the row over Germany's spy chief has opened old wounds in that party. Could an SPD meltdown spell the end of the Merkel era?
The heads of Germany's ruling coalition faced uproar after firing intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen only to immediately promote him. The issue seems far from settled as Angela Merkel agreed to reconsider the move.
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.
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