SPD agrees to form coalition with Merkel's party
12:51, 4 March 2018

SPD agrees to form coalition with Merkel's party

CDU and SPD will receive the same number of ministerial posts

12:51, 4 March 2018


The majority of Germany’s SPD voted for the formation of “grand coalition” with CDU/CSU. SPD stated this in the press-conference in Berlin on March 4, Deutche Welle reports.

66,02% of Social Democrats voted for political alliance with Merkel. 363 000 members of SPD took part in the voting. Now, SPD has 463 00 members, who could vote through mail. The voting started on February 20 and ended on March 2.

This way, nothing can interfere the formation of the government coalition. At the begging of February, the leaders of CDU/CSU agreed on the text of the coalition agreement, but Social Democrats made a condition: the agreement may be signed if rank-and-file party members approve it.

According to this agreement, CDU and SPD receive six ministerial posts. Social Democrats got less votes on the elections in 2017, still this was the condition for the “grand coalition” formation. Representatives of CSU will head three more ministers.

The grand coalition rules in Germany since 2013.

As it was reported earlier, SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) officially declared coalition negotiations with CDU/CSU, headed by Angela Merkel, successful. They couldn’t form a coalition for more than a year. Under the coalition agreement the SPD governs the Finance Ministry and Labour Ministry. CDU/CSU receives seats in Economic Affairs Ministry and Defense Ministry of the country.

CDU/CSU tried to form coalition with “free democrats” and the Greens, but the leader of the Free Democratic Party Christian Linder disengaged his party from the negotiations. Later, the Greens did the same. They stated that with the votes remained the coalition would be a “minority government” and they do not want to take part in it. The negotiations with SPD lasted for a long time because of disputes concerning migration policy. Yet the parties have reached compromise.

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