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Germany: Merkel's junior partners meet to plot future course


Added 12-06-19 06:03:01am EST - “The junior partner in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition on Friday opened a party congress where it is set to elect a left-leaning new leadership and discuss the future of the government.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Germany: Merkel’s junior partners meet to plot future course”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The junior partner in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition on Friday opened a party congress where it is set to elect a left-leaning new leadership and discuss the future of the government.

The meeting of the center-left Social Democratic Party in Berlin ends a six-month leadership hiatus for the struggling party after former leader Andrea Nahles quit following a dismal performance in European Parliament elections. But it may not end questions about the party’s future course.

Party members chose left-leaning duo Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans in a ballot whose results were announced last weekend - rejecting a rival team that clearly favored staying in Merkel’s coalition and was favored by the party establishment. The congress must formally elect the new leadership.

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Esken and Walter-Borjans have been more skeptical about staying in the coalition, but also stopped short of demanding an immediate departure halfway through the parliamentary term.

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