Merkel, Schulz vow 'new politics' for Germany in bid to form govt

Merkel, Schulz vow 'new politics' for Germany in bid to form govtChancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democrat chief Martin Schulz on Sunday vowed a new style of politics for Germany, as they opened talks on renewing their coalition to shake Europe’s biggest economy out of political paralysis after September’s inconclusive elections. The week of meetings between Merkel’s conservative alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) will examine whether the two sides have enough common ground to begin formal coalition negotiations towards a new government by March or April. Merkel voiced optimism about going forward with the SPD as she went into the talks at the centre-left party’s headquarters, saying “I think that it can be done”.



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