German Coalition Talks Drag Deep Into The Night As Deadline Nears

Germany to cap yearly refugee arrivals at 220,000

Schulz also stressed the importance to the SPD of reaching an agreement for a makeover of the European Union, with his party wanting Berlin to back French President Emmanuel Macron's European Union reform plans.

Macron, who had pressed the Social Democrats (SPD) to return to a grand coalition with Merkel's conservatives, said the blueprint was "more favourable" for his vision of a reformed European Union than an earlier agreement that was discussed - then abandoned - between Merkel and the pro-business FDP party. A 28-page deal is also set to cap asylum seekers coming to Germany for the first time at no more than 220,000 per year, which is something the conservatives have been demanding.

A new coalition government would see Merkel at the helm of Europe's biggest economy for a fourth term in office.

It paves the way to formal coalition negotiations that will end government vacuum lasting for over three months since September 24 federal elections, and the new policies will be a strong boost to European Union after the Brexit.

Even if negotiators find a deal, it can still be torpedoed when SPD delegates and later rank-and-file members get to vote on whether the traditional labour party should once again govern in Merkel s shadow.

A grand coalition would also leave the controversial Alternative for Germany as the lead opposition party in parliament.

The deal "smells strongly of a continuation of the governing style we know from the last grand coalition, which didn't do much good for society or for the SPD", he said.

The agreement was welcomed by France and the European Com-mission, where concerns have mounted in recent months that the window for reforming Europe could close without a German breakthrough.

Trump lawyer brokered $130K to porn star
Another porn star, Jessica Drake, alleged in October 2016 that Trump had kissed her without her consent at the same event. An attorney whom the WSJ said had represented Ms Clifford declined to comment, citing attorney-client privilege.

In fact the political talks were tripped up by the country s strong finances, as parties had opposing views on how to manage the cash.

Macron said he and Kurz, a conservative who formed a government with the far right in December, had found many "points of convergence" during their talks in Paris.

But if those talks fail, then Merkel has two options, neither of which are ideal, said Anderson.

The in-principle pact after months of paralysis averts the unpopular prospect of snap elections for now, but there are still several hurdles to clear, some of which may prove perilous. Given the enormous pressure on Ms Merkel to form a government-therefore avoiding another election where populists could make further gains-this appears more likely.

European Commisison president Jean-Claude Juncker welcomed "a significant, positive, constructive, forward-looking contribution to the European policy debate".

Business leaders said that with the compromise paper, the probability of Germany finally getting a new government has risen, which was important for business as it would put an end to the ongoing uncertainty in Berlin. "The coalition negotiations probably won't be easier than the exploratory talks".

However, as CDU/CSU's coalition negotiations with the Greens and the Free Democrats collapsed, Schulz saw an opportunity to push his pro-Europe, social agenda through.

Though a challenger has yet to come forward, impatience is growing in Christian Democrat ranks about Merkel's tendency to manage crises as they arise rather than presenting a vision the party can rally behind and sell to voters.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top India thrash Pakistan by 7 wickets in Blind Cricket World Cup
Jan 13, 2018 - 05:27
A total of 16 teams slotted in four groups will engage in a sum of 48 ODIs between January 13 and February 3. The final of the tournament will be held on January 19 in Sharjah.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Saudi-led coalition strikes Houthi positions in Yemen
Jan 13, 2018 - 05:27
In November, the coalition tightened the blockade after the Huthis fired a missile into Saudi Arabia that was intercepted near Riyadh's global airport.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump denies he used vulgarity about Africa
Jan 13, 2018 - 05:25
Graham, Durbin said, stood up and "made a direct comment on what the president said", telling the president his own family story. Trump said on Twitter Friday that his language during the meeting was " tough ", but "this was not the language used".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Man City to have 'internal meetings' about January Sanchez move - Pep
Jan 13, 2018 - 05:19
Asked about this after scoring in City's 3-1 win over Watford on Tuesday, Aguero told reporters: "I have until 2020, I think". Mary's Stadium , bouncing back from Shane Long's first goal in 11 months with strikes by James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bannon to testify before Congress on Russian interference in 2016 election
Jan 13, 2018 - 05:16
Burck already represents White House Counsel Don McGahn and former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in the Mueller inquiry. The former Trump campaign chief and White House adviser is gearing up for his interview with House investigators next.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Turkey Summons Russian, Iranian Envoys Over Syria Safe Zone Violation
Jan 13, 2018 - 05:13
Ankara considers the regime offensive, supported by Iran-backed militias and Russian air power, aims to recover more territory from the rebels.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Upcoming German new gov't a strong boost to European Union : policy paper
Jan 13, 2018 - 05:06
The three coalition parties' support dropped by a cumulative total of almost 14 percentage points in the election. On some polling, around half of SPD supporters oppose a new grand coalition.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Macron tries to sway Trump on Iranian nuclear accord
Jan 12, 2018 - 15:19
State Department officials initially suggested it could come as early as Thursday, but later said it would not happen before Friday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top A Kitty Pryde Movie is Exactly What Fox's X-Men Franchise Needs
Jan 12, 2018 - 15:15
If The New Mutants needs a little extra time to be the best movie it can be, perhaps we'll be ultimately grateful for that. The Channing Tatum vehicle has been pushed from the recently set February 14, 2019 to a summer slot on June 7, 2019.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pakistan ends intelligence cooperation with United States as aid halts — Global Geopolitical Series
Jan 12, 2018 - 15:15
There are however reports that Islamabad has suspended military and intelligence cooperation after Trump froze U.S. military aid to it.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top OnePlus cancels OnePlus 5T Android Oreo update due to bugs
Jan 12, 2018 - 15:13
Have you faced any issues after the update? You can also upload the photos to shot on OnePlus with the new launcher . During the launch period, the company announced that they will bring the Oreo update to the phone very soon.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rachel Brosnahan Attends Critics Choice Awards 2018 with Partner Jason Ralph!
Jan 12, 2018 - 15:10
Stranger Things star David Harbour won the Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series . Another category that is likely to come under closer scrutiny is Best Actor , which James Franco is up for.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump Cancels His Trip To London, Blames Obama
Jan 12, 2018 - 15:08
Last month, a date appeared to be set: Trump would head to London at the end of February for the opening of the new US embassy. Wanted me to cut ribbon - NO!' British opposition politicians said Trump was not welcome in the U.K.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Michael Gove takes on the 'throwaway culture' of plastic bottle waste
Jan 12, 2018 - 15:07
However, despite the government announcing plans to extend this scheme to all retailers, a date for the change has yet to be set. The environmental plan is due to be reviewed every five years, a spokesman for the prime minister said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tonya Harding nearly walks out of Piers Morgan interview
Jan 12, 2018 - 15:05
But Harding, as she demonstrated so often when it came down to crunch time in her competitions, hasn't done the work. I was at the national [figure skating] championships this week so I didn't watch the Golden Globes ".