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Merkel Gets a Break as Partner Stays in Coalition, For Now

  • Social Democrats tap trio to head party after Nahles quits
  • Triumvirate will stay in office through at least October
Interim trio Schaefer-Guembel, left, Schwesig, center, and Dreyer on June 3.
Interim trio Schaefer-Guembel, left, Schwesig, center, and Dreyer on June 3.Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel won her rattled government some time as her junior coalition partner agreed to remain on board for the time being despite the turbulent resignation of its chief.

"We remain true to the coalition agreement," said Malu Dreyer, prime minister of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and one of three regional party leaders who will steer the Social Democrats until a new leader is elected at a convention expected for mid-October.