SPD leaders, who reversed a decision to go into opposition and are under pressure to rejuvenate their party after suffering their worst result in September's election since Germany became a federal republic in 1949, have vowed to fight the conservatives on major issues.
Ms Merkel congratulated the SPD on a "clear result".
This weekend the Social Democratic Party of Germany voted to renew a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, guiding the way for her 4th term after half a year of political deadlock in the country. Party leaders say they expect a "yes" vote to the coalition deal they hammered out with Merkel and her allies.
Ms Merkel will start what is nearly certainly her final term as chancellor weakened. "Germany will be ready for solidarity in the eurozone as well as in the European Union". It is widely expected that snap elections will not address the political crisis but only make the anti-EU far-right populist party Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) stronger.
Some 464,000 members of the Social Democratic Party were eligible to vote.
Angela Merkel does not want Germany's national anthem to be changed, her spokesman said after a member of the chancellor's Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partner said words such as "fatherland" and "brotherland" should be made gender neutral.
SPD's acting party Chairman Olaf Scholz said the coalition "gives us the strength for the process of renewal we are embarking upon".
"What we're seeing and hearing every day is that Europe needs to step up and Germany needs to have a strong voice there along with France and other member states (of the European Union)", said Merkel during a brief statement to reporters.
"France and Germany will work together starting in the coming weeks to develop new initiatives for advancing the European project", Macron's office said. Meanwhile, Merkel's Bavarian partner CSU will formally agree the coalition Monday and name the three ministers it will send to Berlin including the transport minister. Key positions once held by Merkel's own conservatives will be handed over to SPD leaders, and policies will begin shifting to the center-left to match. Her party received the most votes but it took five months to form a coalition government.
Merkel, who has proved herself a shrewd worldwide negotiator during more than 12 years in office, faced her greatest challenge at home after deciding to allow over a million asylum-seekers into Germany since 2015.
Merkel also appreciates the importance of a future government for Europe.
Fiercely opposed to her open-door refugee policy, Spahn has advocated a sharp conservative shift to coax back voters from the AfD.
Merkel is due to be re-elected by parliament as chancellor on March 14, said Volker Kauder, parliamentary chief of her CDU party.
Leak detection teams remain out in force across London to find further leaks and get them repaired as quickly as possible . A statement said: "I am very sorry for the inconvenience and will let families know as soon I know more".
He was a pass-rushing linebacker over his last two seasons at UCF, but spent his first two years in the program in the secondary. Griffin was born with amniotic band syndrome, which eventually led to the amputation of his left hand at the age of four.
Several of Europe's top divisions have been trialling the use of VAR throughout the season, with differing levels of success. There is a referee in the booth with access to a video monitor in constant communication with the official on the pitch.
This drives Vietnam to cooperate more closely with the USA and Japan as it seeks diplomatic leverage against China. China is now the de facto superpower in this region, and by far the most important trading partner for Vietnam.
On Saturday, the spokesperson for North Korea's foreign ministry said the North would not accept preconditions for talks. North Korea on Thursday denied it was cooperating with Syria on chemical weapons.
Sometime after midnight police took 19-year-old James Eric Davis into custody said an officer with Mount Pleasant Public Safety. Officers were conducting door-to-door checks in the area surrounding the university until Friday night, officials said.
Lasmar stated that Neymar was suffering a "major fracture to the bone in his foot" adding that the best option was an operation. However, it is hoped that he will return in time for the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup.
Scotland Yard, the FBI, Czech and Italian police and Europol are helping Slovakian authorities investigate the killings. Police broke through the houses of the seven men, who were believed to be related to Italian mafia groups.
Earlier, the attacks in Ouagadougou and near Burkina Faso's porous border with Mali were also conducted by allies of al Qaeda. Some of the assailants may have managed to flee the attack on the military headquarters , a government source said.
Tuesday night: Rain likely before midnight, then rain and snow likely between midnight and 1 a.m., then snow likely. Saturday night , there is a 40 percent chance of showers with a low of 36, according to the weather service.
City needs 12 more points to win the league, meaning the title could yet be clinched at home to Manchester United on April 7. Thereafter, City were quite content to keep possession as Chelsea still refused to abandon their cautious approach.
National Security Adviser HR McMaster's Job in Jeopardy
Catz was on President Trump's transition team, and was previously mentioned as a potential Director of National Intelligence. NBC reported that a senior executive at USA automaker Ford , Stephen Biegun, was a possible replacement.
China Ready To Hit Back At US
Last year, China's military budget rose 7.1 percent to 1.044 trillion yuan ($160 billion), the slowest pace since at least 1991. He added that the country's stance is defensive in nature and will not pose any threat to others.
The Best Options For Kirk Cousins Are Clear
The Redskins' single-season passing yards leader has been linked to teams such as the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings . Anderson last season was solid on a bad Broncos offense carrying the ball 245 times for 1,007 yards and three touchdowns.
No decisions made on Vikings' QB plans — GM
Rudolph told KFAN that he underwent surgery recently on his right ankle, which he injured during a game at Carolina . The clock is starting to tick on the Minnesota Vikings and their quarterback conundrum for next season.
Edinburgh Airport open but numerous flights cancelled
Ryanair has announced that it is now planning for a return to full operations, in all Irish airports, this Saturday, 3 March. Airlines suspending flight operations @DublinAirport from 3-4pm today due to impact of #StormEmma .