Germany: Coalition deal leaves Merkel’s fate in hands of Social Democrats

Source: Reuters

“Angela Merkel has survived as German chancellor but the coalition deal she clinched on Friday puts her fate in the hands of her Social Democrat (SPD) partners and risks eroding support from her close allies before the end of her fourth term. Europe’s pre-eminent leader for more than 12 years, Merkel’s star is waning as she pays for her 2015 decision to leave German borders open to over a million refugees, a move that cost her Christian Democrats votes and fueled the rise of the far-right. … Merkel’s immediate destiny now lies in the hands of rank-and-file Social Democrats whose party leaders will ask them on Jan. 21 to back Friday’s deal, a repeat of the grand coalition that governed from 2013 to 2017.” (01/12/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-politics-merkel/coalition-deal-leaves-merkels-fate-in-hands-of-social-democrats-idUSKBN1F1242