German politicians have achieved a breakthrough in talks aimed at forming a new coalition government. Chancellor Angela Merkel has reached an agreement with Germany’s second-biggest party during talks aimed at forming a new coalition government.
A blueprint for formal negotiations was agreed between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their former coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD).
The agreement comes after months of uncertainty and political paralysis. Politicians stayed up all night to discuss the 28-page document, with the talks lasting more than 24 hours.Following all-night negotiations in Berlin, Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), her Bavarian-based allies the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) produced a 28-page document outlining positions on a range of issues including migration, the Eurozone and taxes.
The draft pact will form the basis of formal talks aimed at creating a new coalition government, which the CDU/CSU and SPD hope to form by April. It helps avert new elections after September’s poll failed to give Merkel a clear majority. That vote also saw the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) enter the Bundestag for the first time. Media agencies & Reports BBC