BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel was elected to a third term as chancellor in a vote in the German lower house of parliament on Tuesday, paving the way for her new government to formally take power after months of coalition talks.
Her right-left government, which includes the rival Social Democrats (SPD), faces a host of challenges, including seeing through Merkel’s costly switch from nuclear to renewable energy and bedding down European reforms aimed at shielding the bloc from future crises.
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BERLIN (Reuters) – Nearly three months since an election forced her into coalition talks with rival Social Democrats (SPD), Angela Merkel is on the verge of securing a third term, a feat achieved by only two other German chancellors in the post-war era.
But her new government, to be sworn in next week once grassroots SPD members have given a green light, begins life with low expectations and modest ambitions, its policy plans condemned by economists at the country’s largest bank as a “launchpad to the past”.