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3 German parties aim to start formal coalition talks

3 German parties aim to start formal coalition talks
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Berlin, Oct 15 (AP) Three German parties aim to open formal coalition talks after all made gains in last month''s election, moving a step closer to a new government that would send outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel''s center-right bloc into opposition.

The centre-left Social Democrats, the environmentalist Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats on Friday wrapped up just over a week of three-way exploratory talks and agreed they have enough common ground to recommend moving on to full-fledged coalition negotiations.

That still requires approval by a congress of the Greens and by the Free Democrats'' leadership.

If the talks are ultimately successful, Social Democrat Olaf Scholz — the finance minister and vice chancellor in the outgoing government — will become Germany''s new leader.

Scholz pulled the Social Democrats out of a long poll slump to win Germany''s Sept. 26 election by a narrow margin.

Merkel''s Union bloc finished second, with its worst-ever share of the vote.

It is currently in turmoil, focused on digesting its defeat and finding a new leadership.

The three-way coalition now under discussion has never been tried at national level. The only politically plausible alternatives would be a government led by the Union with the Greens and Free Democrats as junior partners, or a rerun — this time led by Scholz — of Merkel''s often bad-tempered “grand coalition” of Germany''s traditional big parties.

Merkel, who has led Germany since 2005, announced in 2018 that she wouldn''t seek a fifth term. (AP) VM VM

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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