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Chief of Merkel’s junior coalition partner resigns

Andreas Nahles’s resignation fuels fears Germany’s embattled government may fall

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The leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner, the SPD, has announced she is resigning as party chief, raising the spectre that Germany’s embattled government could collapse, AFP reports.

Andreas Nahles said in a statement: “The discussions in the parliamentary group and the broad feedback from the party showed me that the support necessary for the exercise of my offices is no longer there.”

The coalition between Merkel’s CDU party and the SPD has been fragile from the start.

The SPD initially sought to go into opposition after being beaten in the 2017 election, but it was reluctantly coaxed into renewing a partnership with Merkel, even as many within the party remain wary of continuing to govern in her shadow.

Since then, its popularity has been in freefall, with the latest poll showing its support at 12%, while backing for the opposition Greens has surged.

It suffered a drubbing in last week’s European elections, with German voters handing it its worst result in its history.

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