News ID: 209617
Published: 1032 GMT February 07, 2018

Germany's conservatives and Social Democrats 'agree' coalition government deal

Germany's conservatives and Social Democrats 'agree' coalition government deal

Grueling overnight talks between the leaders of the conservative CDU and the center-left SPD in Germany appear to have succeeded, with the two parties announcing on Wednesday morning that they will attempt to form a ‘grand coalition’ government.

The SPD has been allocated the foreign, finance and labor ministries, while the CDU will retain the defense and economy portfolios, according to media reports, reported.

The same reports claim the interior ministry will be taken by Angela Merkel's Bavarian ally, Horst Seehofer. Seehofer has been taking a tough line on immigration up till now.

Major differences during the talks appear to have been on labor reforms and healthcare.

The deal could still be derailed by the SPD's rank and file membership in a vote, the result of which will be known in three to four weeks. SPD membership has surged by tens of thousands in the last few days as campaigners are calling on people to join the party just to vote down the grand coalition plan.

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