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Merkel May Have Met Her Match in Germany’s New SPD Leader

  • Outspoken former rebel to become first woman to lead party
  • Nahles to shape SPD program, aiming at post-Merkel politics
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Merkel Begins Fourth Term As German Chancellor

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Angela Merkel has enjoyed a relatively painless start to her fourth term in office. That could be about to change with the German leader’s Social Democrat coalition partners poised to elect a combative one-time party rebel as their leader.

Andrea Nahles, who made her mark as a rabble-rousing opponent of former SPD Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s labor reforms, is slated to become the first woman to lead the party -- formed as a workers’ movement in the second half of the 19th century -- at a meeting on Sunday in Wiesbaden.