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Merkel seeks to rally party behind her over coalition deal

The German chancellor told her Christian Democratic Union party that the country is in a ‘difficult and previously unknown situation’ following last year’s poll.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has urged her party to approve a deal to form a new coalition government with the centre-left Social Democrats.

Mrs Merkel told a party convention that Germany is in a “difficult and previously unknown situation” without a new government five months after the election.

She acknowledged the Christian Democratic Union’s disappointing result in last September’s poll, but insisted it had managed to make a strong mark in the agreement for a grand coalition with the Social Democrats, citing financial aid for families and strengthening of law and order measures.

While discontent over Mrs Merkel’s centrist course has grown within the party, members are expected to approve the deal. It still needs the approval of Social Democrat members, expected by March 4.

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