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Reporter - Times of Stalemate: A German MP's Story

Talks have collapsed for what would have been Germany’s first ever government coalition between the CDU/CSU, FDP and Green parties. Members of German parliament also question the right course: new elections, minority government or renewed negotiations?

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At only 25, Philipp Amthor is the youngest directly elected representative in the German parliament. He won his district for the first time as a candidate for the conservative CDU party, but he might have to campaign again very soon. The talks surrounding the so-called ‘Jamaica coalition’ made up of the CDU/CSU, FDP and Green parties have broken down. Now, there could be new snap elections, of which Philipp Amthor takes a dim view. He supports a minority government with Angela Merkel as chancellor. Such a government has never occurred since the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany. Members of parliament are quarreling over the pros and cons of such a model, about alternatives and who is to blame for this mess. Philipp Amthor wants a quick solution. He believes that drawing out the formation of a government would be bad for Germany. In Times of Stalemate One German MP's Story A Report by Axel Rowohlt