Merkel is in?

FT says a deal will be reached shortly, and Merkel will be chancellor. Schröder is out.

Ms Merkel’s expected victory in the battle for the chancellorship is likely to be announced on Monday, following a meeting on Sunday evening in Berlin between Mr Schröder and Ms Merkel, according to the SPD politicians, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The two leaders met on Thursday evening for four hours to agree the framework of a SPD-CDU grand coalition, but refused on Friday to disclose details. The talks also include SPD leader Franz Müntefering, and Bavarian premier Edmund Stoiber.

Officials close to Mr Schröder said the chancellor would not become vice chancellor and foreign minister in the coalition, despite pressure from within the SPD for him do so.

The SPD may be given an equal number of cabinet posts as the CDU and be offered first choice of ministries to control, the MP said. SPD officials said these could include the foreign, economics and family ministries.

In addition, the CDU is almost certain to give the SPD assurances – even ahead of lengthy coalition talks expected to start next week – that it will drop key elements of its more radical economic reform agenda, such as changes to job protection and collective bargaining rules.

4 thoughts on “Merkel is in?

  1. Let’s be honest, it cannot really go any other way. Merkel has a lead of four seats with the CDU / CSU over the SPD, so there should never have been any great discussion.

    That Schröder has no desire to accept a ministerial post would hardly surprise me. I cannot see him stepping into Joschka Fischer’s shoes having been Chancellor. More likely he’d want to be seen as Alt-Kanzler and have the freedom to criticise from the ‘back benches’ rather than being tied to a specific post.

    Time will tell, but I suspect that Schröder’s pride is too strong.


  2. So where does this leave the FDP? They’re not in Government. They’re likely going to be irrelevant to opposition, which will centre on the left: the Greens, the Left-party and Schroeder (perhaps not voting against the grand coalition, but joining in the criticism).

    The other small parties are probably happy. The Left-party had explicitly renounced joining a coalition. The Greens will be freed from the compromises of Government.

    The poor FDP is having its best election result turn to ashes.

  3. The poor FDP is having its best election result turn to ashes.

    That’s a bit premature. If CDU/CSU and SPD are really serious about the reform of federalism they are speaking of they’ll need the FDP to alter the constitution.

  4. “they’ll need the FDP to alter the constitution.”

    How so? I am largely ignorant on the nature of Germany’s domestic problems I’m afraid.

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