Germany: SPD approves new Grand Coalition with Merkel’s conservatives

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has voted in favour of forming a grand coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU alliance, more than five months after Germans went to polls in September's national election. «This wasn't an easy decision,» said acting chair of SPD Olaf Scholz, as he spoke to journalists from the SPD headquarters following the announcement of the vote... Еще results. Of more than 450,000 SPD members, 66 percent supported a renewal of Germany's grand coalition, while only 34 percent were against it. Head of Voting Commission for the SPD Dietmar Nietan commented today saw a larger majority in favour of the agreement than the last time they voted on a coalition with the CDU, four years ago.

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