Merkel plans 3rd round of coalition talks with Social Democrats
AFPBERLIN--German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservatives have announced they plan to hold a third round of talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) on Thursday about the possibility of forming a coalition government.
October 16, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
After eight hours of closed-door discussions in Berlin between representatives of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the SPD, CDU secretary general Hermann Groehe said a formal decision on more talks would be made later Tuesday.
That decision will follow meetings earlier in the day with the Greens, another possible coalition partner.
After all talks are completed, the Conservatives, led by Chancellor Merkel, will decide which party to work with in a bid to form a coalition.
That decision is expected by the end of the week.
Social Democratic (SPD) secretary general Andrea Nahles said the talks with the CDU were “very intensive.”
“On certain subjects we can see convergence, on others differences, for example on the minimum wage or on taxes,” she told a press conference with members of the CDU and its Bavarian sister party the CSU.
The idea of introducing an across-the-board minimum wage is a key policy promise of the SPD while the Conservatives have up to now preferred minimum wage levels to be negotiated by sector and region.