Merkel back for fourth term with SPD’s 'yes' to coalition

Mar 05, 2018, 6:13 AM EST
The coalition deal is a testament to Chancellor Angela Merkel's ability to outwit rivals.
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Two-third members of Germany’s center-left Social Democrats (SPD) voted in favor of stitching another coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel, setting the stage for the leader’s comeback for the fourth term after a prolonged period of political gridlock in Europe’s largest economy.

The SPD, battling internal fissures between the leadership and the radical youth wing, has bagged key ministerial portfolios, including the finance ministry, for its support to Merkel’s Conservatives, writes Reuters.

The alliance of Germany’s two main parties safeguards the Merkel/Macron vision of Europe while reminding Merkel’s skill as a survivor and her ability to out-manoeuvre opponents, notes The Guardian.