We must see beyond EU fog to protect interests
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.