The party finally makes a choice, but it does so with two little-known new leaders.
Social Democrats (Germany)
A left-wing strategy could alienate centrist voters, but pacts with the right have wearied leftists.
Germany’s Social Democrats are in a deep crisis. Merkelism is not unpopular. The far-right’s constituency hasn’t grown.
The party has tried to please everyone for too long.
American officials caution against weakening NATO. Germany’s Social Democrats rally support for another grand coalition.
Partisans in Germany are reluctant to join another grand coalition. Republicans in the United States have forgotten the meaning of conservatism.
Martin Schulz promised not to form another grand coalition. Now he is joining one.
Christian Democrats and Social Democrats finalize a deal that allows Angela Merkel to stay in power for four more years.
What matters more: The depoliticization of German civic life or the possibility of a deal on Europe?
The policies, the politics and analyses of Angela Merkel’s coalition deal with the Social Democrats.