Talks aimed at forming a new coalition government have entered their final day. If the talks collapse, then the country could face new elections. Merkel says she's confident they will succeed. But the parties are still far apart on key issues.
A self-imposed deadline has come and gone. Now the negotiations that are meant to result in a governing coalition for Germany will continue into the weekend. German Chancellor Angela Merkel remains steadfast, but can new elections be avoided?
Leader Martin Schulz accepted the blame for the SPD's bitter defeat in the German election. His deputy has accused him of failing to recognize the seriousness of the party's crisis as political intrigue mounts.
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