Friday 22 June 2018

We must see beyond EU fog to protect interests

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement at the CDU headquarters in Berlin after Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) voted to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Merkel's conservatives. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement at the CDU headquarters in Berlin after Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) voted to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Merkel's conservatives. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
Editorial

Editorial

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has got a welcome boost from long-time rivals in the Social Democratic Party (SPD). Delegates have voted to continue coalition talks with Ms Merkel's Christian Democrats, increasing hopes of success.

The EU powerhouse has been without a new government since elections last September, and as Chancellor Merkel's caretaker role continues, so her authority is being eroded.

Ms Merkel's boosted hope of putting together another "grand coalition" with the SPD is good news for the European Union.

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