Germany: «We're faithful to our principles» — FDP's Lindner on coalition withdrawal

Free Democratic Party leader Christian Lindner said the party had to stay true to what it stands for, during a press conference in Berlin, Monday, after the it withdrew from the 'Jamaica' coalition negotiations. «We were ready for many compromises on topics like refugees, questions of finance. We also accepted compromises on Europe, on agriculture, energy. But there were still our core principles... Еще. And we want to stay faithful to our ideas and principles,» said Lindner. «We know that our country is now in a difficult situation and we also know that the FDP finds itself in a challenging situation. You don't take such a decision lightly; it doesn't come out spontaneously in a moment,» he added. Earlier, Lindner claimed that there was no «basis of trust» between German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Greens. The move sees Merkel's potential coalition collapse which may result in a snap election.

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