Coalition Deal Merkel Reaches Agreement on Next Government

Weeks of talks ended early Wednesday morning with a contract between Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats to form Germany's next government. The deal still faces a difficult vote by all SPD members in December.
Almost a done deal: Chancellor Angela Merkel (center) is flanked by the heads of the two parties with whom she plans to govern.

Almost a done deal: Chancellor Angela Merkel (center) is flanked by the heads of the two parties with whom she plans to govern.

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