German coalition talks: Merkel seeks to break stalemate

From BBC - November 22, 2017

The German president is pursuing efforts to broker a coalition deal which might include the centre-left Social Democrats.

The move comes after talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats party, the pro-business Free Democrats and the Greens collapsed.

A "grand coalition" between Mrs Merkel's conservative party and the Social Democrats (SPD) is one option.

Another option is new elections, a path preferred by Mrs Merkel.

The FDP said it would not dismiss the possibility of further talks with Ms Merkel's conservatives and the Greens on a coalition government if a "completely new package" of proposals was put on the table.

"If it really was possible to build a modern republic in the coming years, then we are the last ones who would refuse to talk. I ca not imagine that this will work," the Free Democrats' Secretary General Nicola Beer said to German television station NTV.

However, the leader of the Free Democrats, Christian Lindner, contradicted this.

Mr Lindner insisted that his party - which pulled out of coalition talks with Ms Merkel on Sunday - would not be part of a new government.

Germany has been without a stable government since elections on 24 September produced no overall majority.


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