German coalition talks in near collapse

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Talks to form a coalition government in Germany were in deadlock on Friday morning (17 November), after negotiators separated early morning without a deal in sight.

A new, last chance meeting was due at midday on Friday.

But wide differences remained on migration, climate and energy and finance policies between the four parties involved in the so-called Jamaica coalition, because their colours echo the Caribbean country’s flag: the centre-right CDU and its Bavarian branch CSU, the liberal FDP, and the Greens.

“We need some sleep,” said Green leader Simone Peter after the overnight 15-hour discussion. “Good morning, today it continues,” chancellor Angela Merkel simply said. On Thursday, Merkel had warned that forming a coalition between parties that have never worked together at the federal level was “a very complicated task”. She will not attend the EU social summit in Gothenburg on Friday, in order to salvage the negotiations and avoid a failure that could lead to risky new elections…

Read more : EUObserver, 17.11.2017