German Chancellor Angela Merkel insists she's fit to carry on serving as chancellor through to the end of her term in 2021 while condemning US President Trump's xenophobic tweets against four minority Democratic congresswomen.
Andrea Nahles said she would quit as party leader on Monday, and would also step down as head of the SPD's parliamentary group.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU and her SPD coalition partners bleed support in the regional vote and poor results by SPD in Hesse will almost certainly reignite a debate in the party about whether it should pull out of the coalition.
The coalition government agreed to transfer spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen following accusations that he harboured far-right views but the deal unravelled. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer also refused demands to dismiss Maassen.
Counting began on Saturday in Berlin to see if members of Germany's SPD had approved a decision to join a coalition government led by the German chancellor Angela Merkel.
A German newspaper managed to register a dog as a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). Lima had received a ballot asking her to vote on the SPD's coalition deal with Angela Merkel's conservatives.
The SPD leadership and many other members are in favour of the coalition between the party and Angela Merkel's conservatives. But the youth wing of the party and left-wingers are fighting for a "No Grand Coalition" vote.
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