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Germany coalition talks: Merkel aides see breakthrough

Germany Hints At Solidarity Tax Cut Germany coalition talks: Merkel aides see breakthrough
Ellis Copeland | 13 January, 2018, 05:08

Gentiloni "has had contact" with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and with center-left SDP party leader Martin Schulz after their breakthrough on talks to form a new coalition government, sources from Gentiloni's office said on Friday.

However, while he welcomed the overall tone of the CDU-SPD deal, when asked about plans to turn the ESM bailout mechanism into a full-blown European Monetary Fund, which are included in the 28-page policy document agreed after all-night talks, Macron expressed some scepticism.

In the latest talks, both the conservative Christian Social Union and the progressive Social Democrats fought hard to ensure government policy would reflect their campaign promises, while the Christian Democrats, still the largest party in the new Parliament, seemed to focus largely on keeping their leadership role.

Deep scepticism runs through the party, because of fears that to again govern in Merkel's shadow will force the SPD to betray its ideals and further damage its voter appeal.

"We've been here for 24 hours and I wasn't sure we would succeed", Merkel said.

Speaking after marathon talks with SPD leader Schulz, Chancellor Merkel said she was now confident that Germany would find "common solutions with France" on taking Europe forward.

Left party chairwoman Sahra Wagenknecht said the deal would perpetuate "blatant social injustice", including Germany's precarious low-wage sector and poverty in old age, while business raked in "gushing dividends".

The German news boosted the euro, which has also gone from strength-to-strength over the past 12 months, amid a series of elections in member states.

Germany Hints At Solidarity Tax Cut

Merkel has ruled with the SPD in a sometimes unwieldy "grand coalition" - or "GroKo", the German-language acronym - in two of her three previous terms in office, including in the last parliament from 2013-2017.

Commenting on the current political situation in the country, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that "we are now facing a situation that has never happened before in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, that is for nearly 70 years".

The three coalition parties' support dropped by a cumulative total of almost 14 percentage points in the election.

Under the deal, the number of refugees with "limited protection status" who could bring their families to join them would be limited to 1000 per month, and the number of asylum seekers taken in altogether would be limited to 180,000 to 220,000 per year.

But both parties bled support in the September 24 election, which saw the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) enter the Bundestag lower house of parliament for the first time.

However, the Social Democrats have more leverage this time round.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the deal was "significant" and "positive" for the EU's future, while French President Emmanuel Macron said he was "satisfied and happy" that the deadlock was broken. "We are convinced that we need a new awakening for Europe".

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