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    SPD Leader on German Gov't Talks: 'No Options Off the Table'

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    Over the recent weeks, Germany has been witnessing the internal political crisis, after the FDP announced its withdrawal from the coalition talks with the 'Jamaica coalition'. Monday reveals new details of this long-term process.

    On Monday, the leader of the Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) Martin Schulz said that nothing had been ruled out before talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a new government, but added that there was no certainty of success.

    Moreover, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) accepts the invitation of the federal president to negotiate with the leaders of the CDU and CSU parties on Thursday, party leader Martin Schultz added, which may result in the "grand coalition" elaboration.

    READ MORE: Merkel's About-Face on Snap Elections Welcoming New Talks to Form Coalition

    Meanwhile, earlier the day, it was reported that Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) alliance is ready to begin negotiations with the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) on the formation of a new German federal government. If no government is formed, a new parliamentary election will have to be scheduled.

    On November, 20 the German Free Democratic Party (FDP) announced its withdrawal from the coalition talks with the union of the CDU/CSU and the Greens (prospective 'Jamaica coalition'). German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also called the internal situation "unprecedented in 70 years".

    Germany held a parliamentary election on September 24. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling CDU/CSU alliance won the election with 33 percent of votes and secured 246 seats in the parliament, however failed to secure an absolute majority.


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