Turkish PM Yıldırım to meet German Chancellor Merkel

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At least, that's what the country's political leaders hope is about to happen.

If the Social Democrats' members do not vote to back the coalition deal and Germany is forced to hold a new election, Merkel said she does not rule out again seeking another term as chancellor.

But Merkel also announced that she would confirm the names of new CDU ministers before a party summit on 26 February, and hinted that the provisional distribution of portfolios could be revised to pave a career path for her eventual successor.

"I understand the disappointment", she told the ZDF broadcaster last night. "We don't want to consider only the over-60s". "This is a good coalition deal".

Since reaching a coalition agreement with Schulz's team last Wednesday, Merkel has faced increasingly vocal criticism from the ranks of a Christian Democratic Union previously famed for its message discipline.

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Losing the finance ministry was "painful", she conceded, but she stressed that the move was "acceptable", since the alternative would have been a breakdown in talks, and likely snap elections. "It expresses the commonalities of two partners without a joint agenda".

The prime minister's talks with Merkel at the Chancellery in Berlin comes ahead of her speech in Munich on Saturday.

She rejected a suggestion that generous concessions to the SPD had weakened her position in the CDU, saying she had chose to cut a deal for the sake of Germany. We looked on the coalition agreement text, which provides directions on the new German coalition´s position on energy and carbon.

"The SPD can build on it if the membership of the party gives us the mandate to enter government", he said.