February 7, 2018 / 10:25 AM / 10 months ago

German SPD leader to head foreign ministry: Bild newspaper

Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz arrives for coalition talks at the Social Democratic Party (SPD) headquarters in Berlin, Germany, February 4, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

BERLIN (Reuters) - Martin Schulz, the embattled leader of Germany’s Social Democrats, is slated to become foreign minister under the agreement reached with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on Wednesday, the mass-circulation Bild newspaper reported.

Some 464,000 SPD members must still approve the coalition deal in a mail ballot. Many left-wing and youth members of the party oppose a rerun of the “grand coalition” that has governed Germany since 2013.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Joseph Nasr

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