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Germany’s Merkel skeptical about leading minority government

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel, looks on while speaking after exploratory talks on forming a new government broke down on November 19, 2017 in Berlin. (Photo by AFP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that she favors new elections rather than heading a minority government.

Markel said that she was “very skeptical” about leading a minority government on Monday, after Marathon talks aimed at forming a coalition government in Germany collapsed.

"The path to the formation of a government is proving harder than any of us had wished for," she said during a televised interview.

She also noted that she would not be stepping down as the county’s Chancellor.

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The comments were made after Germany’s pro-business Free Democrats Party (FDP) unexpectedly called off more than four weeks of coalition talks with Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU bloc and the left-leaning Greens after failing to resolve the differences over a range of issues, particularly immigration policies.    

The failed coalition talks leave Merkel with three options: To form a minority government, approach her previous coalition partner, the Social Democrats (SPD), or call for new elections.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier  had earlier called on political parties to resume attempts to a build a governing coalition following a meeting with Merkel.

“I expect the parties to make the formation of a new government possible in the foreseeable future,”  he said, adding that the parties had a obligation that “cannot be simply given back to the voters.”

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