Germany coalition talks: Merkel’s conservatives and SPD clinch deal

Source: BBC News

Germany is set to emerge from months of political deadlock after Angela Merkel’s conservatives (CDU/CSU) finally agreed a coalition deal with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD).

Negotiators have agreed on the division of key ministries – one of the last hurdles towards forming a government.

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It could end more than four months of wrangling since inconclusive elections in September.

But the deal will still need to be approved by SPD members.

Many in the party fear that re-entering a coalition with CDU/CSU could damage it in the long term.

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