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Merkel's grand coalition begins to takes shape

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Merkel's grand coalition begins to takes shape

<p>Angela Merkel and her <span class="caps">CDU</span>/CSU party won a resounding victory in Sunday’s elections with nearly 42 percent of the vote and is headed for a third term as German chancellor. </p> <p>Merkel has already had contact with the leader of the centre-left Social Democrats (<span class="caps">SPD</span>) about the possibility of a ‘grand coalition.’<br /> However, she may need to offer the <span class="caps">SPD</span>, which has major reservations about joining her in a repeat of their 2005-2009 coalition under Merkel, key cabinet posts in order to convince them. Such an arrangement promises to be challenging, as the <span class="caps">SPD</span> has been insisting on addressing the growing low-wage sector. </p> <p>What impact will a grand coalition have on the European Union? What about Germany’s tough policy on bailouts of eurozone members in distress, in exchange for tough reform of their economies. Could it soften?</p> <p>Or could a relatively strong showing by the eurosceptic protest party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) cause Merkel to become even tougher?</p> <p>These questions and more are pondered by The Network’s three personalities: </p> <p>Lucinda Creighton, Vice President of the European People’s Party (<span class="caps">EPP</span>) and member of the Irish Parliament.</p> <p>Anni Podimata, Vice President of the European Parliament and member of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D); and</p> <p>Sir Graham Watson <span class="caps">MEP</span>, President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe party (<span class="caps">ALDE</span>).</p>