Schaeuble gives a speech for a budget debate at the German national Parliament in Berlin.
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Wolfgang Schaeuble has won his parliamentary seat a dozen times, survived an attempt on his life and guided Angela Merkel through the eurozone crisis.Merkel's conservatives are likely to win a national election on Sept. 24, but lack of an overall majority could force them to continue their alliance with the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD).SPD leaders say their price for a rerun of the current "grand coalition" would be for Schaeuble to vacate the Finance Ministry and hand it to them.SPD Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said he had asked Merkel which scenario would be more expensive for Germany: a slightly higher budget deficit in France or Le Pen as president in five years.If the Social Democrats are forced into yet another grand coalition under Merkel, it would be "very important" for the SPD to get the Finance Ministry, a senior SPD source told Reuters.Senior members of Merkel's CDU/CSU conservative bloc acknowledge that she could win the election and still be forced to give up Schaeuble as finance minister.It remains unclear whether Merkel will have to sacrifice Schaeuble.
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