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Allies back UK to condemn Russia over Salisbury nerve agent attack

Statement by UK, US, Germany and France ramps up rhetoric against Moscow, with Russia expected to retaliate over expulsion of diplomats

International pressure on Russia following the Salisbury nerve agent attack has been strongly ratcheted up, with Britain, the US, France and Germany jointly condemning an “assault on UK sovereignty”, as Washington boosted its own sanctions on Moscow.

With Russia still promising retaliation to the expulsion of 23 of its diplomats from the UK, Theresa May’s frantic telephone diplomacy in the wake of the attack seemed to have coalesced the UK’s allies into a united response.

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Germany’s coalition deal safeguards the Merkel/Macron vision of Europe | Anne McElvoy

Back for a fourth term, the German chancellor faces tensions at home – but her role as head of the EU’s most successful economy is unchallenged

Angela Merkel’s new coalition government is testament to her skill as the great survivor, and to the unwisdom of underestimating her ability to outmanoeuvre opponents. Alliances of Germany’s two main parties are dubbed “elephant coalitions”. The one agreed this morning lumbers into life on very different terms from the last GroKo (grand coalition). “Two tired elephants, dancing for the last time,” was the verdict of one speaker at the recent special conference of the Social Democratic party (SPD), calling for an end to deals with “the Merkelator” and her Christian Democrats.

In the end, she prevailed by a decent margin. There was a two-thirds majority among SPD members for remaining in the coalition, while a third backed a youth-led campaign to shake up left-of-centre politics.

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Merkel secures fourth term in power after SPD backs coalition deal

Social Democrats’ vote for ‘grand coalition’ with conservatives ends months of uncertainty

Angela Merkel has secured her fourth term in power after Germany’s Social Democratic party (SPD) agreed to form another “grand coalition” government with the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

The SPD announcement ends almost six months of uncertainty in German politics, the longest the country has been without a government in its postwar history, and puts Europe’s largest economy in a position to answer the challenges for EU reform laid down by the French president, Emmanuel Macron.

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Europe knows May is a prisoner of the Brexit ultras – and won’t trust her to deliver | Rafael Behr

John Major understands his party’s history of betrayal all too well – and so do EU leaders like Angela Merkel

The Conservatives are not only struggling to agree on a Brexit vision for the future, they are losing their grip on the past. John Major tried in vain to jog memories on Wednesday, warning that the government’s disregard for economic and diplomatic reality had set the country on a trajectory towards calamity. To identify the danger was not “Project Fear”, he said, but “Project Know-Your-History”.

For this, the former prime minister was denounced by Tory MPs as an embittered hypocrite, propagandist and traitor. Politicians are not obliged to like their former leaders, but Conservatives might at least be expected to muster respect for the experience of previous generations. That is what conservatism is for.

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Angela Merkel's CDU to vote on German coalition deal

Agreement would help party leader in bid for fourth term as chancellor

Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU) will meet to approve a coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD) that will take their leader, Angela Merkel, a step closer to a fourth term as chancellor in Europe’s biggest economy.

The last major hurdle to end the five-month political impasse that followed the September election, however, comes next week. On 4 March, the results of a postal vote by SPD members will be announced, and that result is far less certain.

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Angela Merkel defends 'painful' compromises that kept her in power

German chancellor denies her authority is on the wane after concessions made to coalition partner

Angela Merkel has defended “painful” concessions she made to the Social Democrats (SPD) to win a fourth term as German chancellor and said criticism from conservatives was not a sign her authority was waning.

Asked whether she was planning to groom a successor to lead the Christian Democrats (CDU) in the next election, Merkel said she wanted a younger generation from her party to fill ministerial posts in a renewed coalition with the SPD.

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Germany's SPD gives cautious green light to Merkel coalition talks

Martin Schulz’s speech greeted with sarcastic applause and ovations for party leader’s critics

Germany has inched a step closer to forming a new government after the centre-left Social Democratic party (SPD) gave its lukewarm endorsement for a renewed Angela Merkel-led “grand coalition”.

At a special SPD congress in Bonn that welcomed a speech by the party’s leader, Martin Schulz, with sarcastic applause and saw standing ovations for his fiercest critics, 56% of the party’s delegates voted in favour of moving on to the second and final stage of coalition talks with Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

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Young SPD activists in last-ditch bid to rule out Merkel deal

German party’s younger members think coalition would be disastrous move

Germany’s young social democrats are demanding a clean break with Angela Merkel’s conservatives before a crucial vote on Sunday that will decide the country’s political future.

The SPD leadership, which unanimously backs entering a “grand coalition” with centre-right parties (the so-called GroKo), and the youth wing of the party (the Jusos) were making last-ditch scrambles for support on Saturday among the 600 delegates eligible to vote at a special party conference in Bonn. The deal they are voting on has the potential to topple both Merkel and SPD leader Martin Schulz.

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