German parties talk through the night, no end in sight

German parties talk through the night, no end in sight

Janes said this could be looked at through a "bifocal lens" - a weaker Germany would mean there would be less of a European united front on, say, trade, in the E.U. "A new beginning is needed in Europe".

Coalition party leaders in Germany have reached a breakthrough in talks to form a new government, according to multiple reports. The preamble to 28-page document born of a strenuous negotiating week announces "a new beginning for Europe", as a priority of "new political time". All going well, a new government in Berlin is not likely before Easter. "We are waiting on this quite impatiently".

"There are still big obstacles on the path that need to be cleared", she told reporters as she arrived for talks on forming a new "grand coalition" government between her conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD).

The two coalition partners agreed to the aim as part of their wider talks to form a new coalition government following last September's elections. And in a few weeks, it will be all militants - about 400,000 - who vote on final agreement.

"The democratic and constitutional values and principles on which European unity rests must be enforced even more consistently than hitherto within the EU", the deal adds, in a reference to rule of law and democracy concerns with Hungary and Poland. No government has been formed since then, marking a record amount of time for Germany to go without a government since WWII.

And what Schulz wants is. what French President Macron wants: "more "investments" in the eurozone and the creation of a 'Transfer Union". That could include transforming the current European Stability Mechanism bailout fund into a full-fledged European Monetary Fund to help backstop crisis-hit countries. They also declare mselves willing to increase German contribution to European budget.

The talks are not only crucial for Merkel, but also for Schulz and the leader of Merkel s Bavarian allies, Horst Seehofer, said political analyst Karl-Rudolf Korte of Duisburg-Essen University.

Talks focused mainly on differences over tax and migration.

After putting out a well-publicized welcome mat - the so-called Willkommenskultur, or welcome culture - refugees and German citizens alike were stunned when the government did not set up obvious programs to shelter and register before allowing them in.

Merkel sounded optimistic ahead of the talks, commenting last Sunday that she believed an agreement "can be done", but the SPD's Schulz vowed to extract concessions from the CDU/CSU on many of its key policies. With it, Chancellor also guarantees a fourth mandate to front of Germany, when again rage criticisms to its management.

Merkel has been largely absent from the worldwide stage in recent months as she focuses on her domestic woes, just as a newly confident France is looking for a strong partner in Berlin to help drive President Emmanuel Macron's European Union reform plans. And talks with two smaller parties, the ecologically focused Greens and the pro-civil liberties Liberals, fell apart late previous year.

But SPD's acceptance was not much less insured. That is a big concern among many German politicians, given AfD was the third largest vote-getter after the conservatives and the Social Democrats.

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