Germany's Merkel makes breakthrough in coalition talks

Germany's Merkel makes breakthrough in coalition talks
From Al Jazeera - January 12, 2018

Chancellor Angela Merkel has reached a breakthrough agreement with Germany's second biggest party during talks aimed at forming a new coalition government.

The agreement comes after months of uncertainty and political paralysis.

Following all-night negotiations in Berlin, Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), her Bavarian-based allies the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) produced a 28-page document outlining positions on a range of issues including migration, the Eurozone and taxes.

"In the long time since the elections, we have seen that the world is not waiting for us," Merkel told reporters on Friday.

"And as far as Europe is concerned, we are convinced that we need a new awakening for Europe," she added.

The draft pact will form the basis of formal talks aimed at creating a new coalition government, which the CDU/CSU and SPD hope to form by April.

It helps avert new elections after September's poll failed to give Merkel a clear majority. That vote also saw the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) enter the Bundestag for the first time.

Merkel initially attempted to form a coalition with two smaller parties. But those talks collapsedand the long-time chancellor turned to the SPD to renew their alliance.

Draft pact


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