German coalition talks collapse after FDP pulls out

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that her efforts to form a three-way coalition failed after the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) withdrew from the talks.

Merkel’s centre-right Christian democratic political alliance (CDU/CSU) secured 33 percent of the general election that took place in September, losing about nine percent of the votes compared to the last election in 2013 and failing to form a single-party government.

The chancellor was holding talks with the FDP, which secured 10.7 percent of the votes in September, and the Greens, which scored 8.4 percent in the vote, to form a coalition government.

Al Jazeera’s Hannah Hoexter has more.

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