Germany's CDU and their Bavarian sister party have confirmed Angela Merkel as their candidate for chancellor. The latest polls, though, show she could have a fight on her hands, after the SPD led by Martin Schulz snuck into a single-point lead.
German coalition talks have continued as parties clash on migration and the environment. The Merkel-led conservative block, the Greens and the market-friendly FDP had until Sunday evening to reach common ground.
Germany's Free Democrats have called off coalition talks with Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc and the Greens. The German president is set to make an announcement on Monday afternoon after meeting with the chancellor.
The chancellor has said that her CDU party, the Greens and the business-friendly FDP will have an initial agreement ready this week. It is nearly two months since Germany held its general election.
Germany's conservatives, FDP and Greens spent nearly a month in failed exploratory talks to form a coalition. DW breaks down the thorniest issues.
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