Angela Merkel: ‘I absolutely do not favor’ a new election
German chancellor is open to talks with Social Democrats and intends to form a new government ‘quickly’, Politico reports. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out Saturday against holding another election, saying she intends to form a government as soon as possible.
“The people have voted. And I absolutely do not favor, if we can’t do anything with the result, asking people to vote again,” Merkel said at a Christian Democrats (CDU) party conference in Kühlungsborn in Northern Germany, German media reported.
Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) decided Friday to help resolve a deadlock in talks to form a coalition government, dropping its earlier refusal to consider governing with Merkel’s conservatives. “The SPD is deeply convinced there should be discussions,” Hubertus Heil, the party’s general secretary, told reporters Friday. “The SPD will not refuse to talk.”