It is not the result she would have wanted when she began her election campaign past year - she had to surrender control of key government departments including the powerful finance ministry to get a deal.
Ms Merkel congratulated the SPD on a "clear result".
The voting members of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) made their voices heard and sided by a larger than expected margin to approve the new grand coalition government between Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the SPD, ending a months-long gap in a proper government and avoiding the need for the country to hold new elections.
By taking the lead on tax harmonization, France and Germany are hoping to encourage other member states to support the proposed European Union common consolidated corporate tax base, a measure to which many EU countries are known to be hostile - most notably Ireland.
The euro zone's third biggest economy now faces a prolonged period of political instability after voters delivered a hung parliament, spurning traditional parties and flocking to anti-establishment and far-right groups in record numbers.
The Social Democrats were initially reluctant to extend their coalition with Merkel but eventually agreed to a deal that gives them control of the foreign, labor and finance ministries - three major portfolios - in return for supporting curbs on immigration.
In her most recent government statement on European policy last week, she said, "We need a new start for Europe".
"France and Germany will work together starting in the coming weeks to develop new initiatives for advancing the European project", Macron's office said. The agreement was reached more than five months after Merkel's CDU/CSU party alliance won the majority in general elections.
Trump, Australia's Turnbull seek common ground on trade, China
Turnbull has since met Trump in NY , but the Washington meeting will be their first in the context of an official state visit. Trump had campaigned against immigration, including by Muslims, and disliked the deal, which was arranged by Barack Obama.
Met Office issues yellow warning for snow in Lincolnshire
But over the weekend it will become "even colder with widespread overnight frosts and bitter by day with a marked windchill". Disruptive snow showers are expected from Tuesday onwards, particularly in the east and south-east, Met Eireann explained.
Had the long-time German leader faced a "no" result, she would have been left with only two realistic options: forming a minority government or seeking a new election. The CDU/CSU and SPD have governed in a grand coalition since 2013.
"If the Social Democrats continue to fall in the polls, then the point will come at some stage when they say "we must get out of the government", said Nils Diederich, professor at the Free University of Berlin.
At SDP headquarters in Berlin, acting leader Olaf Scholz said: "The vast majority of SPD members followed the party leadership's suggestion".
In a bid to tamp down criticism, Merkel has brought one of her most outspoken CDU critics, Jens Spahn, into her next cabinet as health minister.
Fiercely opposed to her open-door refugee policy, Spahn has advocated a sharp conservative shift to coax back voters from the AfD.
Merkel also appreciates the importance of a future government for Europe.
Under a "yes" vote, Merkel would likely be re-elected chancellor by the Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, on March 14.
Shortly afterward, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said Cravens would be welcomed back but must regain the trust of the team. The Cardinals don't have a quarterback under contract for 2018 and don't have much cap room (approximately $23 million).
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Trump administration has approved a sale of 210 anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, the State Department announced Thursday.
Although that president was born on February 22 and after his death on that day, it became a motive of national observance. Jefferson, a Virginian, was the third US president and principal author of the Declaration of Independence.
Macron was set to speak by telephone Sunday with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, another key supporter of the Syrian regime. Rebel factions said they launched a counteroffensive Sunday, sending fighters behind government lines in a series of attacks.
Vonn would like to be a multisport athlete , but her forays into tennis, figure skating, soccer and gymnastics were short-lived. Whenever Ledecka returns from her skiing exploits, Reiter said, it is akin to having to polish a rough diamond all over again.
The entire defence will be put under pressure by the in-form Madrid attack and they will need to be on their toes all game long. Benzema teed up Ronaldo with a neat backheel, and the Portuguese turned and fired the ball past goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco.
Baldwin, a Democratic activist, received an Emmy award for his running parody previous year on Saturday Night Live , or SNL . Trump also urged " SNL " to bring back Darrell Hammond , who portrayed the then-reality star on the show until 2016.
The first image, which can be seen above, supposedly shows the display digitizer from Apple's upcoming 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus . These larger models could ship in a new gold color on top of the black and silver options now available for the iPhone X.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron wrote to Putin to ask him to back the cease-fire. After delaying the vote twice on Friday, the Security Council scheduled a vote for Saturday at noon.
Baird set a $4.00 price target on shares of J C Penney and gave the company a hold rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Its up 0.81, from 1.45 in 2017Q2. 222.21 million shares or 0.72% more from 220.63 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported.
Eddie Howe labelled Bournemouth's 2-2 draw with Newcastle "a odd afternoon" after his side scored twice in the last 10 minutes. Rafa Benitez has confirmed that Slimani has sustained an injury in training that will further keep him out of the lineup.
Character actor David Ogden Steirs has died
Stiers died peacefully at his home in Newport, Oregon , after a battle with bladder cancer, his agent, Mitchell K. He also had notable parts in Pocahontas , The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Lilo & Stitch.
Weather week ahead: Rain gone until the end of the weekend
Morning clouds will clear to mostly sunny skies as northwesterly winds at 15 miles per hour gust to 25 at times in the afternoon. The rain chances are up on both days, and so it's best to be prepared for some rain and have your umbrella.
Ferry Explosion in Mexico Injures Tourists
Initial reports indicate the ferry had already docked and passengers were disembarking when the explosion occurred. A local Mexican official said at least two Americans and three Canadians were affected. "People are our priority".
Alabama officer killed, suspect found dead after standoff
Hollie's residence to set a perimeter and wait for other officers to arrive to talk to him, he find shots at the officers". A police department spokesperson said that funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized but may be announced Thursday.