Germany: CDU convenes in Berlin to continue talks on SPD coalition

Members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) convened at the party's headquarters in Berlin, Monday, to continue talks on the prospects of forming a government with the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the forthcoming period. Leader of CDU Rhineland Palatinate, Julia Klockner, stated that «yesterday night, we agreed that we will seriously pursue a big coalition, or talks for a big... Еще coalition. For us, new elections are not a good alternative. A minority government is possible by law, but not the best alternative, because Germany needs stability.» Klockner's statement echoed those voiced by CDU Deputy Chairman Armin Laschet, who argued that «the country has an interest that we have stabile government, and both parties have the chance to govern Germany for the next four years.» German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU is reported to have backed the plan to team up with the SPD, headed by Martin Schulz. Merkel and some other key CDU members had assembled at their Berlin headquarters a day earlier, with the meeting lasting almost five hours.

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