German coalition agreement reached, leaders announce

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Die Linke leader Sahra Wagenknecht and Gabriel. Photo: Roland Weihrauch

The three parties in Germany’s new coalition government have reached a consensus over their final list of ministers, the parties confirmed on Monday, bringing the process to the last stage toward forming a ruling coalition.

Gabriel, chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), and his Liberal Democrat (LDP) counterpart Christian Lindner have agreed on the names of their deputies, according to a joint statement.

The SPD had put forward a list of 52 candidates for posts in the new government, along with ministerial portfolios, but their choice of deputy ministers has emerged as a major sticking point, as Gabriel is a senior member of the party and is fighting to remain chancellor.

The SPD leader had initially refused to include a deputy in his list of ministerial candidates, which infuriated Lindner. The party leadership has since dropped that demand and passed the blame on to their coalition partners.

This has not stopped them from having little else to get on with. Talks have been deadlocked as the three parties have been unable to reach a decision over whether to include Germany’s foreign and finance ministers in the new government.

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