The Social Democratic party (SPD) agreed at the weekend to form another "grand coalition" government with the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), nearly six months after the general elections in September.
Sixty-six percent of the estimated 463,000 SPD party members who participated in the coalition vote opted to continue with the partnership; 34 percent voted against it.
Stung by its worst post-war score, her previous coalition partner the SPD had initially refused to renew a collaboration with her, but later relented. The Party has again united together, and he has informed Chancellor Merkel by phone about the result, according to him. In the end, two-thirds of the party's 464,000 members approved a coalition deal.Parliament is expected to meet next week to elect Merkel as chancellor, confirming her position as one of Europe's dominant politicians. "We now have clarity".
"It's good news for Europe", Macron's office said. In a nod to the the abbreviation "GroKo" as the grand right-left coalition is known in Germany, European Commission vice president Frans Timmermans wrote on Twitter: "GroGO!"
Brinkhaus acknowledged that Germany would face increased responsibility for Europe given Britain's planned departure from the economic bloc and a result of increased European Union security needs, but said the European Union also needed to find savings in its coffers.
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Both Merkel's conservatives and the centre-left SPD had been weakened as voters angry about the arrival of more than a million asylum seekers in Germany since 2015 turned to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).
A "No" from a membership that is wary of repeating the bruising experience of the past four years of "grand coalition" would pitch Germany into greater uncertainty at a time when the European Union is looking to its largest country for leadership on a host of economic and security issues.
SPD secretary general Lars Klingbeil said his party wants the government, expected to be in place this month, to make social issues its top priority. "When criticism is necessary, then it will come from us", he vowed, adding that young Social Democrats won't rest until there is a "fundamental renewal" in the party.
However, for the two coalition partners - and, more widely, for Germany's European partners - relief that the deal has been done will be tempered by low expectations for the incoming coalition.
Asked last month if she saw Kramp-Karrenbauer as a possible successor, Merkel dodged the question, replying:"We have our hands full managing the business of the day".