Angela Merkel is heading for her fourth term as chancellor of Germany, after two-thirds of members of the Social Democratic party voted in favour of a grand coalition with the veteran leader’s conservative bloc.

安格拉.默克尔(Angela Merkel)将开始她作为德国总理的第四个任期,此前三分之二的社民党(SPD)成员投票赞成与这位资深领导人所属的保守派政党集团组成大联合政府。

The vote, which ends five months of political stalemate in Berlin, could help restore Germany’s leadership role in Europe at a time of mounting challenges, including a looming trade war with the US, rising tension over Brexit and French demands for an overhaul of the eurozone.


Emmanuel Macron, French president, said the result was “good news” for Europe, adding that France and Germany would work together to “push the EU project forward”.

法国总统埃马纽埃尔.马克龙(Emmanuel Macron)表示,该结果对欧洲来说是“好消息”,并表示法国和德国将共同努力“推动欧盟计划向前发展”。

Olaf Scholz, interim party leader and the man expected to become Germany’s next finance minister, said: “We now have clarity. The SPD will join the next federal government.”

社民党临时领导人、预计将成为德国下一任财政部长的奥拉夫.肖尔茨(Olaf Scholz)表示:“我们现在具有了清晰度。社民党将加入下一届联邦政府。”

Ms Merkel welcomed the decision in a tweet: “I congratulate the SPD for this clear result and look forward to working together for the good of our country.”


If she sees out a full term, Ms Merkel will have governed Europe’s biggest economy for 16 years. Parliament is set to hold a special session to confirm her new government on March 14.


After weeks of debate, SPD leaders struck a coalition deal with Ms Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, last month. But the party promised to submit the agreement to a vote of its 460,000-strong base, raising the prospect of a last-minute reversal that would have probably triggered another election.


Rejection of the coalition agreement would have dealt a blow both to Ms Merkel and the SPD, which had strong reasons to fear another ballot. Recent surveys gave the SPD only 16 per cent of the vote, more than four points below the party’s disastrous showing at last year’s inconclusive general election.


Both CDU/CSU and the SPD suffered heavy losses in the September ballot, which saw the far-right Alternative for Germany emerge as the third-strongest party in the Bundestag.


Yesterday’s result will be seen as a vote of confidence in the new SPD leadership around Andrea Nahles, the head of the SPD parliamentary group who is set to take over as party chief next month.

昨天的结果将被看作是对安德烈娅.纳勒斯(Andrea Nahles)所领导的新一届社民党领导层的信任投票,这位社民党议会党团负责人将于下月接任党魁。