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German Chancellor Angela Merkel embarks on new talks to form government

Merkel's conservative Union bloc and the Social Democrats have run Germany together for the past four years

AP | PTI  |  Berlin 

Angela Merkel, Germany, German Chancellor
Discussions on maintaining the coalition under German Chancellor Angela Merkel are due to start on Wednesday

Angela Merkel's conservatives and the centre-left are starting talks on forming a new government, attempting to break an impasse more than three months after the country's election. Merkel's conservative Union bloc and the have run Germany together for the past four years.

But the vowed to go into opposition after a disastrous election result September 24, and only reluctantly reconsidered after Merkel's attempt to build a coalition with two smaller parties collapsed in November. The effort to form a government has already become post- Germany's longest. Leaders aim to decide by Friday whether there's enough common ground to move on to formal coalition negotiations, which would require approval by a Social Democrat congress.

First Published: Sun, January 07 2018. 18:06 IST
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