Angela Merkel Criticised By Own Party Over Coalition

German coalition deal reached

Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats have reached a power-sharing agreement with their center-left rivals, the Social Democratic Party, or SPD. "For that reason, I declare that I won't enter into the federal government - and at the same time sincerely hope to put an end to the personnel debate within the SPD".

There has been more than four months of coalition negotiations - a German post-war record - since inconclusive elections in September.

Under the terms of the deal struck between Merkel and Schulz earlier this week, the SPD will keep the foreign ministry it held in the last government and also take over the finance ministry from the CDU.

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On Wednesday, Schulz told colleagues he planned to resign as leader of the SPD after party members have voted on the coalition deal.

Merkel's conservatives and the SPD agreed on Wednesday to form a coalition government but SPD members have the right to veto the deal. In addition to the controversy over Schulz, Merkel herself has been under fire for giving key ministries to the SPD to extend her 12-year reign over Europe's biggest economy.

SPD members will vote on the final coalition deal between February 20 and March 2.

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"The way in which Schulz left could make it hard to quickly focus on the party's achievements in the coalition talks", Carsten Nickel, a Brussels-based analyst at Teneo Intelligence, said in an e-mail response to questions.

He was also facing anger over his treatment of Sigmar Gabriel, the current foreign minister and Germany's most popular politician, who had looked set to be forced out of government by Mr Schulz's decision to take the job.

"What's left is regret at how little respect there is in the Social Democratic Party in our dealings with one another, and how little someone's word counts for", Gabriel told the Funke newspaper group. He was officially elected by a party congress with 100 percent of the vote.

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If a deal emerges, it won't bring an immediate end to the political limbo following Germany's September 24 election.

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