Grand Coalition Having Their Cake and Eating It Too

Angela Merkel's incoming government is promising a little something for everyone, but it will all come at a price of billions. Those costs are likely to be fobbed off on either the next government or generation.
CSU Secretary General Alexander Dobrindt (right) and CDU Secretary General Hermann Gröhe speak to reporters after talks with the SPD.

CSU Secretary General Alexander Dobrindt (right) and CDU Secretary General Hermann Gröhe speak to reporters after talks with the SPD.

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Roland Nelles is the Berlin bureau chief of SPIEGEL ONLINE.