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Merkel Coalition Collapses: New Elections Coming?

• https://www.themaven.net, by Mike Mish Shedlock

Irreconcilable migration and energy differences between four parties led to a Collapse in Merkel's Coalition Talks . Chancellor Angela Merkel has two unpleasant options: Forming a minority government or fresh elections.

Exploratory talks to form Germany's next coalition government collapsed shortly before midnight on Sunday when the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) walked out of marathon negotiations."The four discussion partners have no common vision for modernisation of the country or common basis of trust," the FDP leader, Christian Lindner, announced after the four parties involved missed several self-prescribed deadlines to resolve differences on migration and energy policy. "It is better not to govern than to govern badly."Migration emerged as a contentious political issue in Germany following the refugee crisis, when 1.2 million migrants entered the country in 2015-16.

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