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Schaeuble to remain finance minister in new government-sources

Source: Reuters - Fri, 13 Dec 2013 04:52 PM
Author: Reuters
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BERLIN, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Wolfgang Schaeuble will remain finance minister in Angela Merkel's new coalition government with the Social Democrats (SPD), party sources said on Friday.

Merkel is on the verge of securing a third term as chancellor but is awaiting a green light from a poll of grassroots SPD members. Results of the referendum are expected on Saturday.

Sources also confirmed that SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel would lead a ministry responsible for the economy and energy policy, while fellow SPD member Frank-Walter Steinmeier would return as foreign minister, a post he held between 2005 and 2009.

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