Weakened Merkel has work cut out to make coalition last

A polling advisor casts a ballotin Milan Italy

Now that Germany will finally have a proper government again - elections were originally held back in September - the real work can begin, and there are going to be some major changes.

Sunday's SPD vote result brought relief to German businesses and European capitals, which believe the euro zone would benefit from Merkel being able to partner with France on President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious plans to reform the single currency bloc.

Angela Merkel has welcomed the decision by members of Germany's Social Democratic Party to support a coalition government with the long-time chancellor.

When the vote was counted on Sunday, 66.02-percent of the more than 450,000 SPD voting members approved the grand coalition, leaving only 33.98-percent opposed. "Germany will be ready for solidarity in the eurozone as well as in the European Union".

The AfD, an anti-immigrant party, entered the federal parliament for the first time in September.

The reports surfaced shortly before the SPD announced that two-thirds of its members had voted in favour of joining an alliance with Merkel's conservatives, with whom they have been in power since 2013.

"I congratulate the SPD on this clear result and look forward to continuing to work together for the good of our country", she said on her CDU Twitter feed.

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Had the long-time German leader faced a "no" result, she would have been left with only two realistic options: forming a minority government or seeking a new election.

Wary of ceding further ground to the far-right Islamophobic outfit as voters turn away from traditional parties, Merkel's conservatives and the SPD have inserted a clause to review their cooperation in two years. Her party received the most votes but it took five months to form a coalition government.

With Merkel's bloc and the second-place Social Democrats in government, the right-wing Alternative for Germany, or AfD, now represents the biggest opposition party in Parliament, giving it a prominent platform to attack the chancellor.

Merkel, who has proved herself a shrewd global negotiator during more than 12 years in office, faced her greatest challenge at home after deciding to allow over a million asylum-seekers into Germany since 2015.

"The SPD will be in the next government", said SPD's caretaker chairman Olaf Scholz, adding his party plans to send three male and three female ministers to the cabinet.

But crucially, at a congress this week, her party also formally appointed its new general secretary, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, tapped by Merkel to kickstart the renewal process. He is also widely seen as ambitious, with an eye on succeeding Merkel, though he says he supports her as chancellor for the full parliamentary period. He has also advocated a sharp conservative shift in a bid to woo back voters from the AfD, which garnered almost 13 per cent in the September election.

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