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Archconservatives want to move right to counter the AfD, which profited from Merkel's 2015 decision to open German borders to over 1 million migrants.Merkel has shared power with the SPD in two of her previous three terms in office, from 2005-2009, and from 2013 until now. The SPD said Sunday its members had voted by a two-thirds majority in favor of a coalition deal struck last month.One opinion poll published last month showed the AfD surpassing the SPD for the first time in a national poll to become the second-strongest party.To stop the SPD from bolting, Merkel must deliver on those points in the coalition deal that are most dear to the Social Democrats: health care reform and investment in education to meet the challenges of the digital age.Merkel also wants to serve a full, fourth term, rather than yield before her time is up.
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