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Opinion Split on Merkel Remaining Chancellor in Case of New Election

27 November 2017

Previously the Germans for 2 months failed to form a coalition government, which would be attended by CDU, Christian social Union, the greens and the Free democratic party.

The leader of Bavaria's conservatives threw his weight behind an alliance with Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) on Sunday, adding to momentum for a new "grand coalition" to break the political deadlock in Europe's biggest economy.

As coalition talks descend into chaos, however, it could spell the end of Mrs Merkel's career at the top of German politics.

"The people have voted, and I absolutely do not favour, if we can't do anything with the result, asking people to vote again", Merkel said on Saturday at a party conference of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Kuehlungsborn, northeast Germany, Xinhua reported citing Focus Online.

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Schulz indicated on Friday that the SPD might consider coalition talks with the CDU/CSU alliance, although his party had initially ruled out this possibility.

The head of the group told the paper the conservatives should pursue a minority government if they fail to agree a deal with the SPD.

Merkel, who is eyeing a fourth term, met with top brass from her CDU party last night to discuss the next steps.

Mr Schulz said the party had not decided whether it was ready to enter a new coalition with Ms Merkel, or would only offer to prop up a minority government from the outside.

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Speaking in Kuehlungsborn in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Merkel said Germany's politicians had a responsibility to work with the September results.

Leading Greens lawmaker Claudia Roth told Deutschlandfunk radio that she doubted whether another GroKo was the best outcome, given its "anaesthetising" effect on the country last time.

Merkel says that an acting government under her leadership can do business until a new coalition is formed.

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Opinion Split on Merkel Remaining Chancellor in Case of New Election