[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

segunda-feira, 27 de novembro de 2017

Merkel points to grand coalition with Social Democrats

German Chancellor and leader of the German Christian Democratic Party (CDU), Angela Merkel, speaks during a party convention of the CDU of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in Kuehlungsborn, northern Germany, 25 November 2017.
[Focke Strangmann/EPA/EFE]

Merkel’s fourth term was cast into doubt when the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) walked out of three-way coalition talks with her conservative bloc and the Greens last Sunday, causing a political impasse in Europe’s biggest economy.

German coalition talks collapse after Liberals walk out

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to form a three-way coalition government that would secure her a fourth term hit a major setback on Sunday after a would-be coalition partner pulled out of exploratory talks, citing irreconcilable differences.

But on Friday, the SPD reversed a previous decision and agreed to talk to Merkel, raising the possibilities of a new “grand coalition” which has ruled Germany for the last four years, or of a minority government.

Germany's SPD says ready for talks to end political crisis

Germany moved a step towards resolving its political crisis on Friday (24 November) when the Social Democrats (SPD) said they were ready to hold talks with caretaker Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a sign they might offer the veteran leader their key support.

Addressing party members on Saturday, Merkel argued voters had given her conservatives a mandate to rule in the 24 September election which handed her party the most parliamentary seats but limited coalition options. Her conservatives bled support to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).

“Europe needs a strong Germany, it is desirable to get a government in place quickly,” Merkel told a regional party meeting in northern Germany, adding, however, that her acting government could carry on day to day business.

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