German parties reach coalition deal after long talks

 

Berlin: The deal among Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, its sister party, the CSU, and the centre-left Social Democrats won’t bring an immediate end to the political limbo following the September 24, 2017 election.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the country’s main centre-left party on February 7 reached an agreement to form a new coalition government. The final session of negotiations dragged on for 24 hours.
“We have a coalition agreement that means positive things for many, many citizens,” Ms. Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, said as he left the talks. “And now we all want to have a shower, because we have negotiated long and hard over the last few hours.”
The deal among Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the centre-left Social Democrats won’t bring an immediate end to the political limbo following the country’s September 24, 2017 election. The nation has already broken its post World War II record for the longest time from an election to the swearing-in of a new government. The CSU operates only in the south-eastern State of Bavaria.