German Election 2013

Greens quit talks with Merkel over coalition

Greens quit talks with Merkel over coalition
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The Green party announced early on Wednesday that it has pulled out of talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming the next coalition government.

“The Greens don’t want to negotiate on a coalition” with Merkel, party vice-president Claudia Roth told a press conference after hours of discussions in Berlin.

Merkel must now attempt to form a coalition with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) with whom talks are due to resume on Thursday.

Hermann Gröhe, secretary general of Merkel’s CDU party confirmed that “there won’t be negotiations on a coalition government,” with the Green party.

Despite a convincing win at the polls on September 22nd, the CDU and their Bavarian sister party the CSU need to form an alliance with another party in order to ensure a majority in parliament.

A recent poll showed two-thirds of Germans would favour a left-right “grand coalition” between the two big parties – Merkel’s conservatives and the SPD

The two main parties have already held two rounds of talks with a third pencilled in for Thursday before the talks with the Greens broke down.

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