Germany: Setback for Merkel after coalition talks collapse

Nov 20, 2017, 5:16 AM EST
The development puts Chancellor Angela Merkel's fourth term in doubt.
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Germany faces the prospects of fresh elections after marathon exploratory talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc, the Greens and the pro-business FDP crumbled following four weeks of intense negotiations on Sunday.

The development marks an unprecedented political crisis in post-war Germany; casts doubt on Merkel’s fourth term and could have repercussions beyond the nation, writes the BBC.

Diverging stands on contentious issues, including migration and energy, keep the parties from striking a conciliatory tone, notes The Guardian. Merkel, who would stay on as acting chancellor, is due to meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to explore two options – formation of a minority government or calling snap elections.