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Germany's grand coalition inches towards taking power

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German government jobs are being handed out, some to Angela Merkel’s CDU some to her new partners the SPD.

The Environment Minister is expected to be the SPD’s Barbara Hendricks, while the party’s Secretary General Andrea Nahles, is set to be Labour Minister.

But Andrea Nahles says nothing is set in stone: “We are not giving a commentary on the ministries, and are not accepting congratulations”.

The SPD’s leader, Sigmar Gabriel is set to be in charge of a super ministry combining the economy and energy portfolios.

His party colleague, Frank Walter Steinmeier, is expected to make a return to the Foreign Ministry. He previously held the post between 2005 and 2009.

In charge of Finance is likely to be the CDU’s Wolfgang Schauble. He’ll have to negotiate with the 16 German states, which are mostly SPD controlled, over the amount of cash they receive from Berlin.

Angela Merkel is waiting for the result of a ballot of SPD party members on whether to accept the coalition plan.

If it is approved she will become Chancellor of Germany for the third time.