The Social Democrats
have joined Merkel's coalition following the tightly fought parliamentary election but Schroeder, who was Chancellor for seven years, declined to serve as her deputy.
It ensures that there is a representative balance in government among the four main parties with the Social Democrats
, the Christian Democrats and the Free Democratic Radicals each taking two posts and the rightwing Swiss People's Party, one.
I am a liberal; many other progressive-minded people are social democrats
. Let us treat each other with enough respect that we acknowledge these are different traditions.
While Tuesday's vote is likely to spell the end of the minority coalition of the Social Democrats
and Greens, it remains unclear what the make-up of the next government will be.
Mrs Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, its Bavariaonly sister, the Christian Social Union, and the Social Democrats
had set yesterday as a deadline to wrap up negotiations.
Bahr was a "courageous, great Social Democrat
" and the "architect of Germany's unity," Sigmar Gabriel, German vice chancellor and head of the Social Democratic party (SPD), told the media after learning about Bahr's passing.
Swoboda said the Social Democrat
faction in the European Parliament will support the transfer of misappropriated funds back to Egypt in order for the money to benefit the general public.
"I sincerely hope that this will work out now a that socialists, social democrats
, agrarians, and centrists will come together for a powerful coalition this is a chance not only to win the elections but also to consolidate more people around a new policy," Parvanov told the social democrats
"Women have a right to self-determination over their body and should not be hindered by inadequate medical facilities," said the Social Democrat
minister for women s affairs, Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek.
Romania has been caught up in an unprecedented political crisis since the start of October, triggered by the collapse of the coalition between the Social Democrats
and the Liberal Democrats, followed by the fall of Emil Boc's government.
MPs voted 397 to 202 with 12 abstentions to make Merkel Germany's eighth leader since the Second World War, succeeding Gerhard Schroeder, whose seven-year government of Social Democrats
and Greens was ousted by voters on September 18.
Since the Social Democrats
took power in Germany in 1998, the anti-life and antifamily pressures have increased.