The foundations have apparently been marked out for a “Grosse Koalition”, remarks Die Welt, which reports that the first formal negotiations on the formation of a government between the social democrats of the SPD and the Christian democrats of Angela Merkel’s CDU-CSU are set to begin on October 23.

The daily voices its surprise at the growing pace of discussions — close to a month after general election — and explains that the deadlock was broken once the CDU accepted to introduce a minimum wage, the main condition imposed by the SPD for its inclusion in the government.

Elsewhere, Die Welt reports that the SPD is demanding control of the finance and labout ministries, while expressing a willingness to leave foreign affairs to the CDU.