German Coalition One Step Closer After ‘Breakthrough’
Peace is possible. Germany has been in limbo without a stable federal government since September elections. But after weeklong negotiations between the Christian Democrats, led by longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Social Democrats and the Christian Social Union, the parties have reportedly reached a breakthrough that will allow formal coalition talks to begin. This is the longest it has taken a coalition to come together in Germany since World War II. Their fragile peace, reportedly over funding social programs, still hinges on the Social Democrats’ party conference next week.