The German Chancellor Angela Merkel’ conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has greenlighted talks aimed at reviving the so-called grand coalition with rival Social Democratic Party (SPD), news agency Reuters reports. A renewal of the coalition between the country’s two largest parties is seen as the only politically viable option to prevent a minority government or new elections after the failure of talks between the conservatives, the pro-business FDP and the environmentalist Green Party. The SPD initially rejected a continuation of the grand coalition but now finds itself “under intense pressure to preserve stability,” the article says.
Read the article in English here.
See CLEW’s Coalition Watch and the article Government gridlock – can Germany still act on climate? for more information.