German coalition parties sign agreement deal to end Angela Merkel’s 16-year grip on power

ABC | Nov 24, 2021 at 4:58 PM
  • German parties have agreed to a coalition deal that will see the end of Angela Merkel’s 16 years as Chancellor and a new government formed by December.
  • It will be the first federal alliance between the three parties and is known as a traffic light coalition on account of the colours adopted by the three parties – red for the Social Democrats (SPD), yellow for the Free Democrats (FDP) and green for the Greens.
  • Speaking at a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday, SPD leader Olaf Scholz – the man expected to become the next Chancellor – spoke of the first traffic light in Germany that was erected on a street in Berlin in 1924.