Breakthrough Merkel Makes Painful Concessions to Form New Government

Despite extremely tough talks, Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats reached an agreement to form a coalition on Wednesday. If the SPD doesn't veto the deal in a vote of the party base, a new German government could be in place before Easter.
Party leaders Horst Seehofer (CSU), Angela Merkel (CDU) and Martin Schulz (SPD)

Party leaders Horst Seehofer (CSU), Angela Merkel (CDU) and Martin Schulz (SPD)

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