From Deutsche Welle:
Germany’s long wait for a new chancellor is coming to an end after sources from both the Social Democrat and Christian Democratic Union parties said on Monday that Angela Merkel is set to become Germany’s first female chancellor, and the first to have been raised in the former communist east, under a deal struck with the SPD.
A Social Democrat spokesman told reporters that Gerhard Schröder’s party had agreed that Merkel should replace the incumbent as chancellor at the head of a coalition government. The spokesperson said party members had approved by a large majority the deal that would make Merkel the first female chancellor in German history.
The CDU later formally approved the deal making Merkel chancellor at the head of a coalition government with the Social Democrats. A source within the CDU told AFP the party leadership “unanimously” supported the agreement
It took a while, but the superglue had to be dissolved first so that Schröder could finally be pried out of his seat of power.