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Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has said that she is confident of establishing a new government as she pressed on with talks regarding the coalition.
The future of Merkel as the German Chancellor seemed uncertain towards the end of 2017 when the negotiations between her CDU party, the Greens, and the FDP broke down.
However, she is currently in talks with the Social Democrats (SPD), and she is “optimistic” that she can form a so-called “grand coalition.”
Merkel stated: “I am going into these talks with optimism, but it is clear to me that a huge amount of work lies ahead of us in the coming days.
“I think we can succeed.”
The leader of the SPD and former president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, said that he was “not drawing red lines” and was facing negotiations with an open mind.
Schulz stated: “We want to implement as many red policies as possible in Germany. Germans are entitled to have this happen quickly.”
Merkel was fell short of an overall majority in the elections that were held last year when the far-right Alternative for Germany party won 12.6 percent of the total votes, thus, becoming the third-largest party in the German parliament.