On 4 March, the centre-left Social Democratic Party (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands: SPD) announced that a majority of 66.02% of its 463,723 members voted in an internal poll to renew the so-called grand coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands: CDU) and its Bavarian regional affiliate, the Christian Social Union (Christlich-Soziale Union: CSU).
CDU delegates had already given the green light for the coalition in February. The SPD will be the junior coalition partner but has managed to secure the crucial foreign and finance ministries in recent coalition talks. Although the CDU and CSU have already appointed their ministers for the new cabinet, the SPD will finalise its designations over the coming days.
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