Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Union bloc has been hit over the past two weeks by allegations that two lawmakers profited from deals to procure masks early in the coronavirus pandemic.
After two days of heated debate, lawmakers voted 62-51 in the 120-member assembly in favour of the new government led by Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, 46. Seven members were absent.
Vote counting began in Switzerland's federal elections, seeing political promise for green party candidates in the traditionally conservative state.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservatives and her Social Democrat partners agreed a carbon price for energy used in buildings and transport in line with the existing European Union emissions trading scheme.
A large number of Finns no longer seem happy with centrist politics, so they are gravitating toward angry, hate-spewing politicians.
Germany's Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said he was expecting lower tax revenues that regularly exceeded expectations and weaker growth in 2019 as headwinds from trade frictions hamper exports.
There are twelve applicants for Angela Merkel's job. The CDU will now organise an internal election to determine who will lead Germany's conservative political wing for the years to come.
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.
With almost all districts having reported, the ruling centre-left Social Democrats and Greens and their Left Party parliamentary allies had 40.6 percent of the vote, while the opposition centre-right Alliance were at 40.3 percent.
The ruling Social Democrats and Greens, and their parliamentary ally the Left Party, are backed by 39.5 percent. The other bloc, centre-right Alliance coalition, that defined Swedish politics for a decade trails close behind on 38.5 percent.
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.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scrambling to prevent a further erosion of her personal authority at home and end months of uncertainty that have started to weaken Germany's international influence.
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