Chaos in German government nears end with SPD approval

A majority of German social democrats voted in favor of government negotiations with Angela Merkel. Head of the SPD party Martin Schulz rejects dropping German climate targets for 2020.

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At an extraordinary party conference in Bonn, a majority in the German social democratic party SPD voted this Sunday to work toward forming a government. Of the 642 delegates, 362 voted to start government negotiations, while 279 voted no and a single vote was invalid, report German media outlets, including Die Welt.

This vote removes a large obstacle for repeating the government form the last four years known as the large coalition or Große Koalition between SPD and the two conservative parties, Angela Merkel's CDU and the Bavarian sister party CSU. The concrete government negotiations are now expected to begin. However, if the talks result in a deal, the 440,000 members of the SPD party will still have to approve it.

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