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Merkel Vows ‘Serious’ Coalition Talks with SPD

Merkel Vows ‘Serious’ Coalition  Talks with SPD

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday her party was ready to hold serious talks with the Social Democrats to form a government, warning that time is pressing as Europe faces a slew of challenges.
“Not only do we have diverse problems in Germany, but there are also great expectations in Europe for answers to pressing questions,” Merkel told reporters after huddling with leaders of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin.
The German leader has been struggling to form a coalition after elections in September left her without a majority.
As the SPD refused initially to renew an alliance with Merkel’s conservatives, the veteran chancellor had sought to partner up with the pro-business FDP and the ecologist Greens.
However, those talks collapsed, lurching Germany into a political crisis and raising the spectre of snap elections.
Stressing the importance for Germany to have a stable government, Merkel said European partners like France were impatiently waiting for Berlin to “take a stance” on reform proposals for the bloc.
“Also given the conflicts in the Middle East, the situation with Russia, the situation in the United States, I think it would be good if Germany is capable of taking action,” she said. (AFP)