German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives reached a "breakthrough" deal Friday with the second biggest party, the Social Democrats, toward building a new "grand coalition" government, sources close to the negotiations said.
Chancellor Angela Merkel will tell Germans that European co-operation is "the decisive question of the coming years" in a New Year's Eve broadcast Sunday, as her conservatives eye tricky coalition talks.
The head of Germany's Social Democrats, Martin Schulz, said on Monday he had been urged by French President Emmanuel Macron and other European leaders to join Chancellor Angela Merkel's next government and
push for EU reforms.
A renewed coalition between Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats is "the best option for Germany", CSU head Horst Seehofer said Sunday, raising hopes for an end to the political impasse.
Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) should reconsider their opposition to joining a new “grand coalition” with Angela Merkel’s conservatives because Europe needs a stable government in Berlin, a senior ally of the chancellor said on Thursday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that "serious differences" remain between the parties hoping to form Germany's next government but voiced hope a deal would emerge on Thursday, hours before a deadline that could trigger snap polls.
Tough talks between the parties hoping to form Germany's next government failed to reach a breakthrough overnight and were
expected to resume on Friday as Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that "serious differences" remained between the sides.