GERMAN leader Angela Merkel is yet to form a government seven weeks after the country went to the polls.
Voters went to the polls on September 24 in an embarassing election for Mrs Merkel’s conservatives who bled support to the far right.
If coalition talks stall Berlin would face a lengthy period of uncertainty at a time when many in the European Union are looking to Germany for leadership on issues ranging from euro zone governance to trans-Atlantic relations.
The parties hoping to form a coalition want to agree the outlines of a deal by the end of the week after two smaller parties broke a logjam by dropping demands on tax and climate policy.
Mrs Merkel said: “We have taken a lot of time to get through the 12 big sets of issues and I would like to thank everyone who has been working on it from our side.”
“The first stage is now finished and from tomorrow morning onwards all areas will be combed through again and then the lead negotiators will decide which are the focal points of each area that we still have to resolve.
“We are not conducting coalition talks but we already want to work out the crucial points and this will now happen until, let’s say, the end of this week or the beginning of the next.
“Then the final round will start because on Thursday November 16 we want to be finished with everything and there is still a lot of work involved.”
Full article: Merkel in chaos: Germany without government SEVEN WEEKS after Chancellor’s election disaster (Express)