Further talks on new govt in Germany likely only in 2018

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A leading member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party says that talks with the center-left Social Democrats on forming a government coalition will likely only take place, at the beginning of next year.

For her part, Julia Kloeckner, a deputy leader of the Christian Democrats, said, Monday, on public television “ARD” that thoroughness is more important than speed.

Talks between Merkel’s conservative bloc and two smaller parties to form a previously untried coalition collapsed a week ago. The Social Democrats — Merkel’s partners in the outgoing government — initially refused to consider a repeat coalition, but said, Friday, they’re open to holding talks.

It is worth mentioning that if Merkel can’t put together a coalition, the only options would be a minority government or a new election, months after the Sept. 24 vote.

 

Samira SALAH

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