German parties agree on "grand coalition"

Added On February 8, 2018

Germany's three major parties reached an agreement on a "grand coalition" on Wednesday after tough negotiations.
The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) led by Angela Merkel, Christian Social Union (CSU) and German Social Democrats (SPD) ended the allocation of cabinet members among their parties。
As widely expected, Merkel will lead the new government again as chancellor, according to media reports, a post she has already occupied for more than 11 years.
The CDU will also control the federal ministries of economics, defense, agriculture and education.
The SPD has in turn secured the right to nominate federal ministers in prestigious departments such as foreign policy, finance and labor.
The final round of talks on forming a new German federal government started on Tuesday, as labor market and healthcare policy points divided the conservative bloc and the SPD.