Merkel Wants ‘New Vote’ After German Coalition Talks Fail

‘Merkel is finished,’ declares rightwing AfD party leader.

Merkel's hope for a fourth term as Germany's Chancellor came crashing down as a key coalition partner withdrew from the talks after four weeks of tough negotiations. The pro-business FDP walked out of the negotiations Sunday night, citing differences over Migrant Policy, among other issues. “It is better not to govern than to govern wrongly,” FDP chief Christian Lindner told reporters last night.

Merkel was aiming to form a three-way coalition between the center-right Free Democrats, leftists Greens, and her conservative bloc. The collapse of the talks could spell the end of Merkel era after 12 years of uninterrupted rule.

Merkel’s previous coalition partner, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), has reiterated its stand to sit in the opposition following a disastrous election results – its worst in nearly 70 years. With the path to a majority coalition closed, Merkel has refused to lead a minority government. Merkel would “prefer new elections to leading a minority government, after a breakdown in coalition talks,” BBC reported.

According to Germany’s most-read newspaper Die Welt, Merkel’s Refugee Policy was the most contentious issue during the talks and eventually led to their collapse.

“Merkel is finished,” said Alice Wiedel, the leader of the rightwing AfD party, responding the news of failed coalition talks. German newspapers that once hailed Merkel’s “courageous” Open Borders Policy, were just as unforgiving in their verdict. Several leading newspapers blamed Merkel for the deadlock and declared the end of Merkel’s reign. “End of the talks could be the end of Merkel too,” wrote the German newspaper Tagesspiegel.

German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported the collapse of multi-party negotiations:

Germany was thrust into uncertainty early Monday morning after a month of four-party exploratory talks about forming a so-called Jamaica coalition collapsed.

Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to navigate Europe's largest economy through a difficult period ahead after the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) pulled out of make or break negotiations with her Christian Democrats (CDU), Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the Greens.

Germany was thrust into uncertainty early Monday morning after a month of four-party exploratory talks about forming a so-called Jamaica coalition collapsed.

Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to navigate Europe's largest economy through a difficult period ahead after the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) pulled out of make or break negotiations with her Christian Democrats (CDU), Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the Greens.

It is now up to the German President to decide the future course of action. He can either ask Merkel to prove her majority on the floor of the parliament, or dissolve the parliament and call for the new elections in two months.

The biggest winner of the Sunday’s debacle is the newcomer AfD party that surged in the September elections, securing the third place and winning 12.6 percent of the vote. The AfD party’s poll number are on the rise since September. If Germany faces new election, the party could return to the parliament with increased strength.

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