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German Coalition Talks Collapse after FDP Withdraws

German Coalition Talks  Collapse after FDP Withdraws

BERLIN - The three-party exploratory talks for the formation of Germany’s new government failed late Sunday night after the Free Democratic Party (FDP) pulled out due to unbridgeable differences in immigration and energy.
FDP leader Christian Lindner said after the decision that there was no “basis of trust” with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bloc of CDU (Christian Democratic Union) and CSU (Christian Social Union in Bavaria) and the Green Party.
“We don’t blame anyone for sticking to their principles. But we also do so ourselves. We were voted for to reverse the current trends, but we couldn’t reach an agreement. It is better not to govern than to govern badly,” Lindner said on Twitter.
Andreas Scheuer, CSU’s general secretary, told German TV channel ZDF that the major unbridgeable difference on Sunday was migration.
The union and the FDP wanted a limit on immigration, which the Greens did not want. Moreover, the Greens demanded family reunions for refugees. In addition, the three parties also differed on climate policies, coal-fired power plants and finance. (Xinhua)