Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Merkel elected to 4th term as Germany's chancellor

Merkel says she will visit Macron to discuss EU reform Merkel says she will visit Macron to discuss EU reform
Kenny Thornton | 14 March, 2018, 13:13

A conservative ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that if Russia fails to cooperate in the investigation into a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent in Britain, there should be a joint Western response. The parliamentary lower house voted in favour of her 364-315 - paving the way for Merkel's fourth term at the helm.

Known to many as "Mummy Merkel", she is seen by supporters as a beacon of stability and compromise whose pragmatic policies have helped consolidate Germany's economic growth. She has been unopposed leader since 2005.

As it was reported earlier the majority of Germany's SPD voted for the formation of "grand coalition" with CDU/CSU.

"I got a very good smoked fish from Putin", said Merkel.

Merkel will first travel to the Berlin residence of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to be officially nominated before returning to the Bundestag to be sworn in as Chancellor later in the day.

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Ajay Maken will, however, attend all party-meeting to be held at the chief minister's residence on Tuesday. Kejriwal wrote that the issue needs to be strongly raised in the Parliament.

Ministers will then be sworn in later in the day - nearly six months after last September's national election in which both coalition partners lost support to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). Two months after Germany's federal election past year, five weeks of exploratory talks collapsed, casting uncertainty over Chancellor Angela Merkel's future in office.

Merkel has been only a caretaker chancellor since October, and many unresolved issues await the new government.

The coalition led to political instability and German business leaders also expressed concern over the effect due to this.

After weeks of negotiations, a coalition treaty was produced and later approved by SPD members who voted via postal ballot.

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