Germany: Merkel cites end of preliminary coalition talks as a «breakthrough»

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel and Christian Social Union (CSU) leader Horst Seehofer expressed their satisfaction in a conference at Willy Brandt House in Berlin on Friday, following 5-day exploratory coalition talks between the CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) in which a blueprint for formal negotiations was agreed. After some 24 hours of exploratory... Еще talks, it appears the SPD has reached an agreement to join the so-called 'Grand Coalition.' «I and my party are very satisfied with the result,» said Seehofer of the talks. He went on to say that all three party leaders had not been «thrilled» with the results of Septembers elections, which saw anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) enter the German parliament for the first time. Merkel spoke of a «breakthrough» not only for Germany but also for Europe, reiterating a stance that she has previously expressed that Europe and Germany are «inseparably tied» and «only when things are going well for Europe can they also go well for Germany in the long run».

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