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German coalition: what are Angela Merkel's options?

22 November, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • German coalition: what are Angela Merkel's options?

The country has been plunged into its worst political crisis in years after negotiations to form the next government collapsed overnight, dealing a serious blow to Merkel and raising questions about the future of the longtime Chancellor.

The German head of state is to hold talks on Tuesday with FDP chief Christian Lindner and Green Party leaders Simone Peter and Cem Ozdemir to establish whether there is any chance of resurrecting negotiations to forge a new three-way coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Mrs Merkel was weakened after the September election as voters angry with her decision in 2015 to open Germany's borders to more than a million asylum seekers punished her party by voting for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) far-right party. "We don't shy away from a new election".

The Social Democrats were Merkel's junior partners in government for the past four years.

He said it was clear that his conservatives had a mandate to govern and that the parties should support President Frank-Walter Steinmeier's appeal to parties to take responsibility and come together to form a government. But the plan fell apart when the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) walked out of talks shortly before midnight on Sunday over disagreements on issues ranging from energy policy to migration. "As Chancellor, I will do everything to ensure that this country is well managed in the hard weeks to come".

German coalition: what are Angela Merkel's options?
German coalition: what are Angela Merkel's options?

Germany's president has urged the political parties to reconsider their positions and make it possible to form a new government.

Mrs Merkel said her conservatives had left "nothing untried to find a solution".

But after her efforts failed, only two options remain: forming a minority government or holding a new election.

It is likely to be a while before the situation is resolved.

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