Germany's political parties begin coalition talks

Germany's political parties begin coalition talks
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Germany’s political parties have started talks aimed at finding coalition partners to form a new government after Sunday’s inconclusive election. Gerhard Schroeder’s Social Democrats are insisting that he remain chancellor in any coalition even though his party was beaten by Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and Christian Social Union.

But Merkel’s conservatives say they are willing to be more flexible if they join up with the SPD´s coalition allies, the Greens. CDU spokesman, Norbert Roettgen says the party is ready to reach compromises on all issues if that means forming a link with the Greens. The environmental party has agreed to hold talks with the conservatives on Thursday. But if they remain with the Social Democrats and invite the liberal Free Democrats to join ia so-called traffic light coalition, co-leader, Claudia Roth, says any success would be problematic as they have key differences over nuclear power and social welfare reform. The new parliament must convene by October 18th at the latest, by which time any would-be chancellor would hope to have a coalition in place.
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