SPD-Left Rapprochement A Time Bomb in Merkel's Government

The Social Democrats sowed mistrust among Angela Merkel's conservatives last week by declaring themselves open to a future alliance with the left-wing Left Party. Her new government could be more fragile than thought, with the SPD already positioning itself for the post-Merkel era.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
SPD Chair Sigmar Gabriel: As cunning as Merkel?

SPD Chair Sigmar Gabriel: As cunning as Merkel?

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Left-wing parties have a narrow majority in the current German parliament.

Left-wing parties have a narrow majority in the current German parliament.

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