Merkel strikes German coalition deal

Published on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 21:16
Written by The Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel finally reached a deal Wednesday to form a new German coalition government, handing the powerful finance ministry to the country’s main center-left party in an agreement aimed at ending months of political gridlock.

The center-left Social Democrats’ leaders now have one last major hurdle to overcome - winning their skeptical members’ approval of the deal.

Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union, its Bavaria-only sister, the Christian Social Union, and the center-left Social Democrats agreed after a grueling final 24 hours of negotiations on a 177-page deal that promises “a new awakening for Europe.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, Nation-World on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 21:16. Updated: Wednesday, 7 February 2018 21:19.