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The CDU/CSU under the leadership of German Chancellor Angela Merkel reached a compromise at the talks with the Social democratic party of Germany (SPD) on forming a coalition government. On Wednesday, February 7, according to Spiegel.
According to the publication, the social Democrats, will head the Ministry of foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance and labor. In addition, they are promised the post of Minister for family Affairs and the leadership of the Ministry of environment and the Ministry of justice.
Christian democratic Union will depart from the Ministry of economy, defence, education, health and agriculture. The leader of the Christian social Union, the Prime Minister of Bavaria Horst Seehofer will head the interior Ministry.
Negotiations between CDU/CSU and SPD lasted from January 26. Parties, as noted by Deutsche Welle, with great difficulty managed to reach agreement on such topics as refugees and policy in the health sector.
German elections to the Bundestag took place on 24 September 2017. The CDU/CSU gained 32.9 percent of the vote (246 seats in the Parliament), the SPD — 20.5 percent of the vote (153 seats). Ultra of the “Alternative for Germany” took third place with 12.6% of votes (94 seats in the Bundestag), the Free democratic party scored 10.7 percent of the votes, and “Green” — 8.9 percent.
Initially, Merkel attempted to negotiate the formation of a government with the free Democrats and greens, but it failed. Then the Chancellor turned to the social Democrats with the request once again to create a “Grand coalition”. The CDU/CSU and SPD was formed by her from 2005 to 2009 and from 2013 through 2017.
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