The country's two leading political rivals agreed on a "grand
coalition" on Wednesday that will almost certainly install Angela Merkel
as chancellor for her third term.
“This contract forms a great coalition for great challenges,” Merkel told reporters.
Following weeks of horse-trading, Merkel's Christian Democratic Union
(CDU) and its regional sister party, the CSU, finally sketched out a
blueprint for a common program with the opposition Social Democratic
“This is also a great coalition for the little people,” SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel said.
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