Friday, December 14, 2018
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Merkel hopeful of renewed Germany coalition talks

Germany has been in political unrest for almost four months since a federal election in September failed to produce a government.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is optimistic of forming a coalition government after almost four months of political uncertainty since the country's federal elections.

Talks between the country's two major parties - Merkel's Christian Democrat alliance (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) - to form a new ruling coalition resumed in the capital, Berlin, on Sunday.

READ MORE: German president set to host new coalition talks

"I think we can do it. We will work very quickly, very intensively. That’s what we set out to do," Merkel told reporters. 

"I am optimistic about these talks, but I also know that there is a lot of work ahead of us in the coming days. We are willing to take on the work."

The talks between the two former government allies come after an initial attempt by Merkel to form a ruling three-way coalition with the Free Democrats (FDP) and Green Party failed in November.

Tough process

A potential sticking point in the talks is the refugee crisis, with the two sides divided over whether to allow relatives of people who are already in Germany to join them.

In September's poll, Merkel's CDU/CSU secured 33 percent of the vote, down about nine percent compared with the previous election in 2013 - failing to form a single-party government.

The SPD, led by Martin Schulz, had consistently ruled out being part of another so-called grand coalition since scoring just 20.5 percent of the vote in September's vote.

"Essentially, the Social Democrats received a lot of damage by being part of the previous grand coalition and gained nothing electorally," said Chater. 

"Even if they come to an agreement, the SPD will have a party delegation on January 21 where members will have to approve it - so even that has to go through another hurdle," he added.

"This crisis is far from over."

A faction called "NoGroKo", or "no grand coalition", has been formed within SDP to defend a stance against working with Merkel again following September's election result.

Merkel has been the chancellor of Germany for the last 12 years.

A longer government vacuum in Europe's largest and strongest economy might have an impact on several issues, including stability in the Eurozone.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Two border crossings open in divided Cyprus, first in 8 years

Read More

Ukraine rebel regions vote in polls slammed by Kiev and the West

Read More

UN chief sees 'parallels' with 1930s amid nationalism warnings

Read More

Macron urges world leaders to 'fight for peace' on WWI centenary

Read More

Erdogan and Trump meet in Paris amid Khashoggi crisis

Read More

12 killed in Sicily as death toll in Italy floods mounts

Read More

Most Read Articles

Most Read News


Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:



Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Israel pounds Gaza

India's Kerala state devastated

Capturing life under apartheid