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Angela Merkel’s future in DOUBT: New election looms as Chancellor fails to form coalition

ANGELA Merkel could lose her grip on power as she missed her own deadline to form a coalition – two months after Germany’s election.

Her Christian Democrats (CDU) party missed a self-imposed deadline this morning after 15 hours of negotiations with rival parties failed to bring about a resolution.It now raises the prospect of a snap election and a potential leadership challenge from someone inside the CDU.

It is perhaps the biggest test of Ms Merkel’s chancellorship in her 12 years in office.

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Angela Merkel and FDP leader Christian Linder have failed to reach an agreement


But her party suffered heavy regional losses and saw the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) become the first far-right party to win seats in the Bundestag since World War II.Since the elections she has tried to pull a coalition government together with the Green party and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP).

Her previous coalition partners the SDP refused to negotiate, with Mr Schulz saying it was time the party offered real opposition to the chancellor amid the new Parliamentary threat from AfD.

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Christian Linder is holing out for the abolition of the unpopular solidarity tax


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Green party leaders Cem Oezdemir and Katrin Goering-Eckardt want to cut coal power


But at 4am this morning, coalition talks wrapped up without an agreement being reached.Before entering the ill-fated negotiations in Berlin, Ms Merkel told reporters: “We can do this.

“This is a difficult, complicated task but the will is there.

“It is vitally important for our country.”

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A snap election could open the door for Altenative for Germany to make even more gains


FDP leader Christian Lindner said there had been agreement on several key issues, but so far there had been no compromise on refugees and tax reforms.The FDP wants to abolish the unpopular “solidarity” tax, which was introduced in the 1990s to pay for the reunification Germany, while the other parties merely want to reduce it.

Meanwhile the Greens are at odds with the CSU over refugees and environmental policies, the Financial Times reported.

The CDU is resisting Green calls to lift a ban on certain Syrian migrants being allowed to bring close family members into the country.

Failure to reach an agreement and form a new government would be a disaster not just for Merkel but the whole of moderate Germany.

Another election so soon after the AfD’s victories would likely only bolster the far-right party further, threatening the liberal, Eurocentric values forged since the end of WW2.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/880807/germany-snap-election-angela-merkel-future-doubt-government-alternative-for-germany

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