Friday, 12 January 2018

'Breakthrough' agreement reached on German coalition talks

Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and the centre-left Social Democrats have agreed on a paper outlining the basis for moving ahead with formal coalition talks.
The German Chancellor and Social Democrats leader Martin Schulz held overnight talks in Berlin, during which they hammered out a 28-page paper outlining their compromise positions on issues including taxes, migration and healthcare.
"Many, many hours of work, serious wrangling and shaping are contained in these 28 pages," tweeted Christian Democratic Union politician Julia Kloeckner, part of Mrs Merkel's negotiating team.

Social Democrats spokesman Serkan Agci said there had been a "breakthrough" agreed by party leaders but said final revisions were still being made on the document by negotiating teams, which would also need approval.

The final negotiating session between the two sides began on Thursday morning and continued through the night.

Mr Schulz described the talks as "long, tough, exciting and turbulent", adding: "I think we achieved an excellent result."

Meanwhile, Mrs Merkel said: "The world is not waiting for us, we need a fresh start in Europe.

"A fresh start for Europe is also a fresh start for Germany."

SKY         News.