On Wednesday it seemed like Germany's longest-ever wait for a government was finally over, with conservatives and Social Democrats announcing another grand coalition after four months of stop-and-start negotiations. But the deal struck between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz is far from in the bag. In a bid to convince rank-and-file from the SPD to approve it, Schulz first tendered his resignation as party leader and has now given up on his bid to become foreign minister.
Also, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk knows how to get attention. The world's heaviest commercial rocket took off from Cape Canaveral this week, with innovations that include the boosters detaching and floating back down to earth. SpaceX's Falcon Heavy had only one item on board for its maiden run – one of Musk's own Tesla roadsters.
And we discuss US President Donald Trump's desire for a French-style military parade after he came to Paris in July as French President Emmanuel Macron's guest of honour for Bastille Day.
Produced by Charles Wente and James Vasina.
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