Merkel may face election as coalition talks collapse after FDP withdrawal

The Free Democratic Party (FDP) has pulled out of the German coalition talks after failing to reach mutual agreements. Germany may now face the prospect of a new election if Chancellor Angela Merkel fails to form a government.
Will Angela Merkel have a fourth term? Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The German coalition negotiations have collapsed after the Free Democratic Party (FDP) pulled out unexpectedly from the talks after disagreements were not settled. The country now faces the prospect of a new election.

FDP leader Christian Lindner announced his party’s withdrawal on Sunday night, explaining that no progress has been made in the coalition talks. “The settlements we reached were put into question during the discussions,” he said. “It is better not to govern than govern falsely.”

Jörg Meuthen, head of the far-right Alternative for Germany Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party significantly lost its momentum during the September election. On the other hand, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) became the third biggest party in the Bundestag after it won 13% of the votes. In the case of a snap election, a fourth term will not be certain for the Chancellor.

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