Merkel to become German chancellor

Neo-Thatcherite Angela Merkel will probably become German chancellor
after a close hard-fought election. However, the SPD made her pay a

The SPD has
come out of the deal with eight cabinet seats – two more than the CDU –
and control of the foreign, finance, justice, labour, health,
transport, environment and international development ministries.

Collateral damage from her election includes the German Green Party, which is no longer a member of the ruling coalition.