November 20, 2017 / 12:07 PM / 7 months ago

Merkel gets strong backing from her party after talks fail

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel got the strong backing of the leadership of her Christian Democrats (CDU) during a telephone conference on Monday after coalition talks to form a new government failed late on Sunday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the meeting with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier after coalition government talks collapsed in Berlin, Germany, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

Armin Laschet, deputy chairman of the CDU and premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, told journalists that leading members of Merkel’s party had expressed their strong support for their leader despite the talks failing.

Reporting by Matthias Inverardi, writing by Emma Thomasson, editing by Thomas Escritt

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