Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

German parties proceed to first coalition talks after polls

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The parties hoping to be part of Germany’s first government in 16 years without Angela Merkel as chancellor have taken their first steps towards coalition talks, with the country’s political future still in the balance.

The dust is still settling on Sunday’s narrow election win for the Social Democrats (SPD) and their candidate for chancellor, Olaf Scholz.

Scholz and his conservati­ve rival, Armin Laschet from the Christian Democrats (CDU), each believe they can form a workable governing coalition by bringing in two other parties: the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP).

After holding their own bilateral talks, the FDP and Greens revealed in separate press conference­s on Wednesday that their next step would involve talks with the bigger parties.

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