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Merkel's CDU party votes in favor of coalition deal with centre-left SPD

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the annual congress of the Federation of German Industry (BDI) on June 20, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the annual congress of the Federation of German Industry (BDI) on June 20, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) on Monday approved a coalition deal with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), bringing conservative leader Angela Merkel a step closer to a fourth term as chancellor of Europe's biggest economy.

The CDU conference in Berlin follows Merkel's announcement of her picks for a new, younger cabinet intended to rejuvenate the party and end disagreements over how to tackle the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).