The agreement has come at the end of more than four months of wrangling since the inconclusive elections in September.
Enticing Social Democrats to team up with her is Merkel’s best bet of forming a stable government and extending her 12-year tenure after her efforts to form an alliance with two smaller parties failed last year.
The SPD, which initially wanted to stay in opposition, has agreed to explore the possibility in the interest of political stability after Merkel’s coalition talks with two smaller parties collapsed in November.
Merkel, whose fourth term was plunged into doubt a week ago when three-way coalition talks with the pro-business Free Democrats and Greens collapsed, was handed a political lifeline by the Social Democrats on Friday.
The German chancellor is running out of options to form a viable government.
The pro-business Free Democrats unexpectedly pulled out of more than four weeks of negotiations with Merkel’s conservative bloc and the ecologist Greens, citing irreconcilable differences.
Earlier on Thursday, Syria’s army declared victory over ISIS, saying its capture of the jihadists’ last town in the country marked the collapse of their three-year, hardline reign in the region.
While the rapid rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany party is alarming, the tide of populism visible elsewhere in the world has not quite swept over Germany.
French President Emmanuel Macron called for the EU to work more closely on defence and immigration and for the euro zone to have its own budget
Merkel denied she had made any mistakes with her open-door policy even though the arrival of a million refugees over the last two years from Syria and Iraq opened deep rifts in her conservative party and depressed its support.
While stopping short of calling for an Islam law, Merkel had said in her weekly podcast on Saturday that refugees in Germany must respect tolerance, openness and freedom of religion.
EU leaders will breathe a sigh of relief after the centre-right saw off the populist threat.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives took a one point lead over the Social Democrats (SPD) in the latest poll conducted by Emnid for the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, with nearly seven months to go before federal elections.
The poll showed the SPD dropping by one percentage point compared with the same poll last week to 32%, Merkel’s conservatives are also at 32%
For leftist critics of the EU, reform looks unlikely – but aligning with right-wing Euroskeptics looks worse. Maybe there’s a third option.
Merkel, Europe’s longest-serving leader, has looked like the one safe bet in the region as angry voters have taken down leaders in Britain, Italy and France. But the Berlin market attack is a reminder that even she is vulnerable to events on the ground.
The parliament’s ‘Culture Builds Bridges’ declaration comes amid a rise in support for the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party
Merkel promised not to allow a repetition of last year’s migrant influx and said the Muslim full-face veil was not compatible with German culture.
With Donald Trump’s victory in the US and the rise in support for right-wing parties across Europe, some see Merkel as a bastion of Western liberal values.
Trump has denounced Merkel’s open-door migrant policy in Germany and claimed it had increased crime.
Merkel’s CDU party slumped to its lowest level since 1990 in a Berlin state vote that rejected her open-door refugee policy.
The member states continue to hem-and-haw while no clear targets for refugee resettlement has been set.
In her annual statement to the press, the German Chancellor insisted recent events would not change her stance on welcoming refugees.
A German culture scholar looks at how rising fear of terror and a week of violence has affected German media and politics. Will Germany’s open refugee policies last?
Though ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, the public prosecutor stated that there was no concrete evidence about ISIS involvement.
Hate-speech and war-mongering are instruments of the populists, they are fiercely anti-European and therefore it is time to stop their ascent.
The last thing the continent needs is the destructive ideologies of the 20th century in a new garb.