Exploratory talks between Germany's conservatives, Greens and Free Democrats have failed after the latter's withdrawal. The collapse of this coalition option was a necessity, political scientist Christian Hacke tells DW.
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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.
Almost unanimous in where to lay blame, Germany's press was divided on what should follow the coalition talks' collapse.
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Hardly anyone could have imagined that Germany's coalition talks would collapse. So, where do we go from here?
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