Mon Oct 10th, 2005 at 04:04:18 AM EST
Monday update - I have just heard on the radio that Merkel was going to be the Chancellor, that SDP and CDU agreed on it this morning. More to come... The BBC says the same, with little more detail.
Sunday UPDATE Apparently this article jumped the gun...here is a quote from Swissinfo today "We won't know until midday tomorrow whether we can move to full coalition talks," Muentefering said at a trades union event in Hanover, adding that there would be "nothing new" on Sunday." So maybe Monday night...
From the Financial Times (via Fran): Merkel to become Chancellor after deal with SPD
The Christian Democrat leader Angela Merkel is set to replace Gerhard Schröder as Germany's next chancellor, in a political deal that will see the departure of Mr Schröder from the political stage, senior members of the ruling Social Democrats have told the Financial Times.
Ms Merkel's expected victory in the battle for the chancellorship is likely to be announced on Monday, following a meeting tomorrow evening in Berlin between Mr Schröder and Ms Merkel. The two leaders met on Thursday evening for four hours to agree the framework of a SPD-CDU grand coalition, but refused yesterday to disclose details. The talks also included the SPD leader Franz Müntefering, and Edmund Stoiber, Bavarian premier.
Officials close to Mr Schröder said he would not become vice chancellor and foreign minister in the coalition, in spite of pressure from within the SPD for him do so. "The chancellor has done what was necessary, to ensure the SPD is on an equal footing with the CDU in the coalition," one official said.
The election yielded a hung parliament but left the CDU holding four more seats than the SPD. Ms Merkel promptly claimed the chancellorship but Mr Schröder, citing his party's unexpectedly strong performance, refused to stand aside.
If anyone can fill us in on the details of this, please do...what is the "deal"?