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Merkel to inform German president of unsuccessful coalition talks
November 20, 2017 / 12:24 AM / a month ago

Merkel to inform German president of unsuccessful coalition talks

BERLIN, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she would meet the German president to inform him that she had failed to form a coalition government with the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP).

The decision to meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has the power to call a new election, signalled that Merkel would not seek a minority government with the Greens after the FDP unexpectedly pulled out of the coalition talks.

“It is a day of deep reflection on how to go forward in Germany,” Merkel told reporters. “As chancellor, I will do everything to ensure that this country is well managed in the difficult weeks to come.” (Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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