In Brief: New SPD leadership puts future of Grand Coalition into question, and more headlines

The SPD duo Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans have called for a renegotiation of the coalition agreement with the CDU/CSU, something the Christian Democrats have rejected. In other news, another German museum has been burglarized in less than a week - this time the Stasi Museum in Lichtenberg.

Werner Schüring


Two left-leaning SPD politicians are poised to take over as the party’s leaders, casting doubt on the future of the Grand Coalition.

The duo Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans received 53% of the vote in a run-off election, in which more than 216,000 SPD party members took part.

The SPD will meet for their party conference this weekend, where the new party leaders will officially be confirmed.

Esken and Walter-Borjans have already made clear they want to renegotiate some points of the coalition agreement with the CDU/CSU.


Another German museum has been robbed in less than a week – this time the Stasi Museum in Lichtenberg.

Berlin police say the thieves broke in through a window on the first floor, smashing several display cases and stealing jewelry and medals connected to the East German secret police.

The break-in was discovered by a museum employee on Sunday morning. The suspects escaped undetected.

Meanwhile in Dresden, Saxony police have announced a 500,000 euro reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspects or the return of the priceless jewelry stolen from the Historic Green Vault on November 25.


Fritz von Weizsäcker was buried Monday morning in Dahlem, the same resting place as his father, the former German President Richard von Weizsäcker.

The suspect who fatally stabbed Fritz von Weizsäcker two weeks ago at a hospital in Charlottenburg is being held in a psychiatric ward here in Berlin.


The Berliner FamilienPass 2020 is now available for those families looking to save some money in the new year.

The pass includes 300 offers for activities in the city, including discount vouchers to sports games, the zoo, and various museums.

The pass costs six euros for the year and can be purchased online or in many district administrative offices and libraries across the city.


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