Social Democrats backed Angela Merkel for new government

Vastavam web: Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) decisively backed another coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on Sunday, clearing the way for a new government in Europe’s largest economy after months of political uncertainty.Two thirds of the membership voted“yes” to the deal in a ballot — a wider margin than many had expected — meaning Merkel could be sworn in for a fourth term as early as the middle of the month in a repeat of the grand coalition that has governed since 2013.

“I think it’s good for our country that this period of uncertainty is over,” German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, adding that he would on Monday propose Merkel’s election as chancellor to the lower house of parliament. The president’s role in Germany is largely ceremonial, with the real power residing with Merkel.Macron hailed the development as“good news for Europe”.

A statement from his office added:“France and Germany will work together on new initiatives in the coming weeks to bring the European project forward.”In power since 2005, Merkel steered the European bloc through the financial crisis and debt crisis, but her authority was dented by her 2015 decision to open Germany’s borders to migrants, resulting in an influx of more than a million people.