Government partners sign coalition treaty
Acting German Chancellor and Christian Democrat (CDU) Angela Merkel and the leaders of her future coalition government partners the Christian Social Union (CSU) and Social Democratic Party (SPD) have signed the coalition treaty for the coming legislative period. Now that a “stable government capable of acting” had been built, the chancellor called for “a helping of joy” in governing, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. “Then it can become good governmental work,” Merkel said. The election of the chancellor will take place in the German Bundestag tomorrow, 14 March, after which the cabinet will be appointed by the German president.
For background, read the CLEW factsheet Climate, energy and transport in Germany's coalition agreement and the article Coalition watch – The making of a new German government.