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Final hurdle overcome in German coalition

A three-party coalition to form a new German government under centre-left leader Olaf Scholz today cleared the final hurdle. The Green Party, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) have approved the coalition protocol.

Green Party members reportedly voted in favour of 86 percent and the coalition was overwhelmingly approved. THE CANDIDATES FOR THE CABIN HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED

Hours before the vote, Scholz presented cabinet nominees and completed his 17-member team. Annalena Baerbock, who is set to become Germany’sfirst female foreignminister, said, “With the strong wind from the ballot, we are forming a new government.”

The Coalitionaims to modernise Europe’s largest economy, accelerate efforts against climate change and introduce more liberal social policies.

MERKEL TAKES OVER ON WEDNESDAY

Scholz will be elected chancellor in parliament on Wednesday, formally ending Merkel’s 16-year term.

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