Adressing the Bundestag, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has raised concern about the rise of political extremism, calling for renewed commitment to a culture of debate.
The leaders of the conservatives and Social Democrats are discussing the possibility of renewing their government partnership. So what's at stake, and what are the sticking points?
First, Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered their worst election results in decades. Then, just last weekend, coalition talks collapsed. And yet Merkel remains the undisputed chancellor — and she has a few new options.
Party leader Martin Schulz opened the event with an apology for the party's worst-ever election results. The SPD plans to hold a vote on entering preliminary talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU later in the day.
Preliminary coalition talks collapsed between Chancellor Merkel and potential partners over the weekend. After speaking with President Steinmeier, Merkel said she was ready to lead her party to fresh elections.
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