Monday 23 October 2017

Merkel to explore coalition options with Greens as well as SPD

Chancellor Angela Merkel
Chancellor Angela Merkel

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel will propose holding exploratory talks about a possible governing coalition with the Greens as well as a meeting already scheduled with the main opposition Social Democrats (SPD), a senior party official said today.

Hermann Groehe, general secretary of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), told reporters the chancellor would contact the environmentalist Greens party - the smallest in the Bundestag since the Sept. 22 election - on Monday or Tuesday.

The talks could take place next week, Groehe added.

Merkel is searching for a new coalition partner, having fallen just short of an absolute majority in the lower house of parliament, but faces difficult and protracted negotiations with a cautious opposition.

First exploratory talks with the centre-left SPD will take place this Friday.


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