The SPD has slid further into disarray since its leaders struck the coalition deal.
Merkel was weakened in a September election that saw her conservative bloc bleed support to a far-right party thrust into parliament for the first time by voters angry at her decision in 2015 to welcome more than a million immigrants.
The monumental deal, which enables flexible hours and an increase in wages, covers half a million employees in southwestern Germany.
Angela Merkel, weakened after losing votes to the far-right in a September election, is pinning her hopes for a fourth term on a re-run of the ‘grand coalition’ with the SPD to end four months of political limbo in Europe’s biggest economy.
Persuading the centre-left Social Democrats to work with Merkel and revive the coalition is her best strategy to form a stable government and extend her 12 years in office.
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.
British PM Theresa May, told her peers that she was on course to deliver Brexit and urged them to fasten the talks so as to unravel more than 40 year of membership, that UK has had with EU.
The US president’s administration may have announced the country’s pull-out from the Paris Agreement but the world, including US cities and organisations, has shown a steely resolve to see it through.
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.
“Today we are witnessing the beginning of a new and unfolding democracy.”
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.
Angela Merkel’s conservatives, the pro-business Free Democrats and the environmentalist Greens will resume talks around midday on Friday.
Leader of North Rhine-Westphalia, who is leading the Christian Democrat party’s coalition talks on energy, said mines across Germany could be closed by the decade after next.
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.
This is the strongest threat of action from representatives of any Western donors since the arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha in September.
Talks between conservatives, Greens and Free Democrats resumed on Monday after Angela Merkel convened a meeting to clear the air between the ideologically diverse parties forced by electoral arithmetic into awkward partnership.
Immigration was the most divisive topic, with many conservatives blaming their election setback on Merkel’s decision to open Germany to a million migrants.
Merkel had previously said that the rule of law in Turkey was “moving in the wrong direction”, in a reference to the large-scale purge that Recep Tayyip Erdogan has carried out following a failed coup attempt in July 2016.
The youth wing of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives said on Friday the bloc had a credibility problem on migration.
His exit as the finance minister will help facilitate coalition talks with the pro-business Free Democrats in a fractious Bundestag lower house.
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.
Merkel’s conservative bloc is on track to remain the largest group in parliament, opinion polls indicated.
Few thought she’d go the distance when she first came to power. That was more than a decade ago.
Merkel, seeking a fourth term in office in Germany’s September 24 election, said in a debate on Sunday it was clear that Turkey should not join the EU.
Merkel’s conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has long opposed Turkish membership in the European Union.
The comments, some of Erdogan’s harshest yet against Merkel, drew a furious response from Merkel, her government and some Turkish organisations in Germany.
The police said the suspect had suddenly started attacking customers in the shop, with no immediate indication of any political or religious motive.
A Syrian artist has created images to show world leaders what they would look like if they weren’t born with the privileges they have.
In a strong attack on the Chancellor, Minister Sigmar Gabriel claimed that Merkel had chosen to host the G20 at Hamburg as political self-promotion at the eve of elections.
Ivanka Trump took the president’s place at a G20 meeting, an event that raised eyebrows and drew a sharp rebuke from Chelsea Clinton.
Ivanka Trump helped launch a loan programme for women at the summit and caused a stir by briefly occupying her dad’s seat at the table with world leaders.
More than 50,000 people gathered for a “G20 – not welcome” demonstration in the port city on Saturday afternoon.
The protesters, who have come from different parts of the world, hold world leaders responsible for a range of global problems.
In time, the G20 summit might be remembered as the symbolic – if not substantive – end of America’s international leadership.
Merkel’s manifesto for the 2017 German federal elections shows her playing safe, focusing more on domestic issues while skirting around hot-button topics.
Focused on climate change and environmental concerns, the party had taken the centre stage in the 2000s, but its all-embracing approach towards refugees and lack of clarity on issues affecting the voters is now dragging it down.
German parliament votes to legalise same-sex marriage in Berlin.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to combat climate change at the G20 summit next week in a challenge to US President Donald Trump.
The leader plans on bringing up the issue at the upcoming G20 summit.