Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel (C), stands next to fellow party members as he announces the result of the SPD member vote for a new "grand coalition" between the SPD and the ... more 
Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel (C), stands next to fellow party members as he announces the result of the SPD member vote for a new "grand coalition" between the SPD and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin, December 14, 2013. Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining a "grand coalition" with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats on Saturday, clearing the way for a new government to take office on Tuesday. The SPD said that 76 percent of its grassroots members who took part in a postal ballot voted in a referendum in favour of joining a right-left coalition with the conservatives. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) less 
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