Tough negotiations are underway in Germany as Chancellor Angela Merkel and her partners hammer out a deal on a new government. The FDP leader Guido Westerwelle is expected to be given foreign affairs, but hopes that his party may get the economic and justice ministries may be thwarted by Merkel loyalists already in place.The Chancellor hopes to unveil her new line-up soon. “On the 9th of November, the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I would like to welcome European leaders and other guests with a new government,” she said. That administration will not include the Social Democrats, who saw their vote collapse on Sunday. It’s a bitter disappointment for Frank-Walter Steinmeier, with his party under threat from a resurgent left. During the uneasy four-year grand coalition with Merkel’s conservatives the SPD drifted to the centre, and its supporters didn’t like the way it abandoned its traditional strengths like social justice and pacifism. Germany’s winners and losers both have much to discuss in the next few weeks.
Merkel wants a new coalition by November