Merkel vows swift return to work for govt to boost Europe

by Antonio Miles March 6, 2018, 2:05
Merkel vows swift return to work for govt to boost Europe

It is not the result she would have wanted when she began her election campaign a year ago - she had to surrender control of key government departments including the powerful finance ministry to get a deal. But after Merkel's attempt to cobble together a government with two smaller parties failed, the SPD relented.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she would work with France to tackle issues such as trade policy and the war in Syria after the Social Democrats (SPD) voted to join a coalition government with her conservatives. With the party riven over the way forward, the leadership promised its more than 460,000 members the final say on any coalition deal. Merkel told the press Monday morning that many issues required the government to "start working soon". "Germany will be ready for solidarity in the eurozone as well as in the European Union".

Its leaders have vowed to "hunt" Merkel, though so far AfD's novice lawmakers have stood out mainly by failing to grasp parliamentary procedures and putting forward motions all other parties reject.

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel gives a statement as she arrives for a Christian Democrats party (CDU) leadership meeting at the party's headquarters in Berlin on March 5, 2018.

The dissenters have campaigned against renewing that coalition, saying the Social Democrats lost public support while in partnership with Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and the Bavaria-only sister party, the Christian Social Union.

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European partners waiting impatiently for Germany to end its longest stretch of coalition haggling since the end of the war heaved a sigh of relief, with French President Emmanuel Macron calling the SPD decision 'good news for Europe'. Merkel was weakened by her decision in 2015 to welcome hundreds of thousands of people seeking asylum, which contributed to the rise of a far-right party that stole conservative voters.

With Merkel's bloc and the second-place Social Democrats in government, the right-wing Alternative for Germany, or AfD, now represents the biggest opposition party in Parliament, giving it a prominent platform to attack the chancellor. Her party received the most votes but it took five months to form a coalition government. Key positions once held by Merkel's own conservatives will be handed over to SPD leaders, and policies will begin shifting to the center-left to match.

In a bid to tamp down criticism, Merkel has brought one of her most outspoken CDU critics, Jens Spahn, into her next cabinet as health minister.

But crucially, at a congress this week, her party also formally appointed its new general secretary, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, tapped by Merkel to kickstart the renewal process.

Fiercely opposed to her open-door refugee policy, Spahn has advocated a sharp conservative shift to coax back voters from the AfD. The Bundestag will then set a date for a vote on Merkel's candidacy, believed to be March 14.

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