BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) head into a decisive week of German coalition talks on track to form a government but under fire from their own members for a series of policy compromises.
The chancellor’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) beat the SPD in an election two months ago, but failed to secure a parliamentary majority, forcing her into talks with her arch-rivals.
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BERLIN (Reuters) – German parties negotiating a coalition deal have recommended holding nationwide referendums for major decisions on Europe in what would be a dramatic shift in policy, but Chancellor Angela Merkel looks likely to quash the proposal.
The idea was spelled out in a document put together by one of the working groups discussing policy compromises to enable a government between Merkel’s conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD).