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Merkel's CDU holds more coalition talks with Greens

Merkel's CDU holds more coalition talks with Greens
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party may have emerged as the dominant party in the September 22 elections, but it has yet to establish a coalition government.

Merkel met with Green party leaders on Thursday to discuss a potential coalition. The talks were said to be positive, despite ongoing animosity between the Greens and the CDU’s sister party, the CSU.

“We have dealt extensively with Europe,” said the Greens’ co-leader Claudia Roth, adding: “We have talked extensively about the energy revolution, but have not yet discussed international climate protection.”

The CDU are due to continue talks with the Greens on Tuesday.

They have also engaged in talks with the SPD, who are still considered the CDU’s most-likely partner. Merkel’s party will enter into further discussions with the SPD on Monday.

Although a CDU-SPD coalition is expected by many, some experts believe Merkel may put aside her differences with the Greens in order to strengthen her hand during negotiations with the SPD.

The Greens are said to be eager to get back into government. The world’s most successful pro-environment party shared power with the SPD from 1998 to 2005 and are credited with Germany’s memorable rejection of nuclear energy.

Whatever she decides, Merkel must announce a decision on the coalition ahead of the reopening of the Bundestag on October 22.