Pushover Party Social Democrats Must Not Give Up on Europe

In coalition negotiations, the center-left Social Democrats appear to have backed off on their demands to control the Finance Ministry. Relinquishing the post would mean letting Angela Merkel trample over them -- and abandoning their push to move Germany's Europe policy to the left.
Merkel meets with conservatives and Social Democrats in Berlin.

Merkel meets with conservatives and Social Democrats in Berlin.

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