Angela Merkel: New election better than minority government

Angela Merkel: New election better than minority government

Angela Merkel: New election better than minority government

Immigration policy was the main dividing point among the parties.

Fresh elections in Germany appeared increasingly likely Monday evening after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she preferred a new vote over governing without a parliamentary majority, CNN reports. "I've always said I'm ready to serve Germany for another four years."Asked by ARD whether she had personally made any mistakes during the four weeks of coalition talks, Merkel said she had not."I've done everything I can", she added".

The Social Democrats were Merkel's junior partners in government for the past four years.

Until a government is agreed, Mrs Merkel continues as acting chancellor and her previous ministers, including the SPD ones, remain in post. "We don't shy away from a new election". Martin Schulz, the leader of the Social Democrats - the second largest party in parliament after Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) - described new elections as "the right path" earlier Monday.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged them to make compromises for Germany's "well-being", amid a situation he said was unprecedented.

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Mr Steinmeier said: 'There would be incomprehension and great concern inside and outside our country, and particularly in our European neighbourhood, if the political forces in the biggest and economically strongest country in Europe of all places did not fulfil their responsibility'.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she would prefer new elections to leading a minority government, after a breakdown in coalition talks plunged the country into political crisis. Germany's president has appealed to party leaders to reconsider after the Free Democrats walked out late last night, saying there was "no basis of trust".

She said that she "will do everything to ensure that this country is well-led through these hard weeks".

However, she said the SPD would use the talks with Steinmeier to try to find future solutions.

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