Angela Merkel's conservatives are beginning exploratory talks with the Greens to discuss the possibility of a national coalition. It's a potential first in German politics. But there are plenty of sceptics on both sides.
Voter support for Germany's Social Democratic Party has plunged to a record low of 16 percent, according to a new poll. It comes after leader Martin Schulz resigned amid a leadership crisis.
Left and Green party lawmakers have slammed Germany's Turkey policy ahead of Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's visit to Berlin. They demand a tougher stance in the face of human rights violations.
Leaders in Brussels hailed the deal on a new German coalition government as good news for Europe. Martin Schulz, formerly president of the European Parliament, said Berlin would "return to an active and leading" EU role.
Free Democrats leader Christian Lindner has offered to prop up a minority government led by Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats. But the former kingmaker also predicted that such an arrangement wouldn't last very long.
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