At the end there was the expected vast majority as the CDU party meeting approved the coalition agreement. But the enthusiasm had its limits, with young and pro-business members criticizing concessions to the SPD.
Peter Tauber, the secretary general of Angela Merkel's conservative CDU, plans to resign from his post following a serious illness, according to party sources. A replacement is expected to be chosen in late February.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has nominated Saarland State Premier Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to be the CDU's next secretary general. She will take over from Peter Tauber, who is stepping down due to health reasons.
How well will German political leaders score when quizzed on their own party's platform? The latest Wahl-O-Mat has the answer - and it can also lend a hand to the nearly 50 percent of undecided voters in Germany.
Angela Merkel's main challenger in September's election, Martin Schulz, has launched a new plan to fight old-age poverty by boosting pensions with tax money. Merkel's CDU will not present a new pension plan at all.
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