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

segunda-feira, 8 de janeiro de 2018

Cornered Merkel seeks to revive ‘grand coalition’


German Chancellor and Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel arrives for exploratory talks held at the Social Democrats (SPD) party headquarters Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin, Germany, 07 January 2018.
[Omer Messinger/EPA/EFE]
Persuading the centre-left SPD to team up with her is Merkel’s best bet for forming a stable government and extending her 12 years in office after she failed in November to form an alliance with two smaller parties.
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Mission impossible? Merkel's coalition conundrum just got harder

She has earned a reputation as Europe’s chief crisis manager. Now Germany’s Angela Merkel must forge a government out of an awkward group of allies bent on nailing down a coalition deal so tight it risks limiting her room to act if crisis strikes again.
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Arriving at SPD headquarters for talks more than three months after a national election, Merkel said the parties had much work to get through but intended to tackle it quickly, adding: “I think it can succeed.”
 
The SPD, which had said it would go into opposition after its worst election showing since 1933, reconsidered when Germany’s president intervened.
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Bütikofer: In the name of EU, Steinmeier will put pressure on his comrades

Germany’s failed coalition talks are hurting Europe’s reform agenda so Brussels and EU capitals should lean on the country’s political leaders to find an agreement and avoid another election, Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer, who took part in the talks, said on Thursday (23 November).
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But the centre-left party, among whose membership opposition to a grand coalition re-run remains strong, has been playing hard to get.

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