German coalition talks collapse

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The liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) pulled out of coalition talks in Germany on Sunday (19 November), leading to an uncertain political future for the EU’s largest member state.

The move is a blow to Angela Merkel, leader of the centre-right CDU and chancellor of Germany since 2005, who was expected to lead the coalition government for a fourth time. But talks between CDU, its Bavarian sister party CSU, the Greens, and FDP, progressed slowly and missed a self-imposed deadline last Thursday.

FDP’s leader Christian Lindner said on Sunday that after weeks of talks, there were still many open issues and conflicting goals, but “no common basis for trust”.

“It is better not to rule than to rule wrongly,” said Lindner around midnight on Sunday…

Read more : EUObserver, 20.11.2017