Mum's The Word10 Oct 2005
You know there's some serious action going on under the covers when politicians hide from the press. That's currently the case here, where 3 weeks after the election the Union and SPD are now meeting secretly "under 8 eyes" to hammer out the framework of a grand coalition. There's still some squawking coming from the understudies, but the main players are keeping their mouths shut.
The press thinks it knows what the cabinet could look like... Merkel as Chancellor, SPD with 8 ministries. Whether Schröder can get over his ego to be Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister remains to be seen (my guess is no). But once they start talking to the press again, we'll know they're done. Maybe today.