Germany is heading towards another GroKo after coalition talks reach breakthrough

Angela Merkel

The document agreed today is expected to form the basis for formal coalition talks between the parties that could begin later this month and be concluded by March.

"We Social Democrats, in our (leadership) committee, decided unanimously to recommend ... to the party congress to give the party leadership a mandate to pursue coalition negotiations to form a government", Schulz added.

After more than 24 hours of talks and months of political paralysis, red-eyed party chiefs and their negotiating teams reached an in-principle agreement that could lead to a new government for the biggest European Union economy in coming months.

While the SPD's demands that the tax burden be increased on high-income taxpayers were refused by the CDU, the largest political party, an agreement to reduce the solidarity tax on low- and middle-income taxpayers was reportedly secured. "I think we produced excellent results".

"We have realised that the world isn't waiting for us", Merkel said at a press conference on Monday morning.

If the new coalition doesn't come together, the only remaining options would be an unprecedented minority government led by Merkel's conservatives or a new election.

Manage and limit migration to Germany and Europe to prevent a re-run of the 2015 refugee influx. The first, involving the business-friendly Free Democrats and the Greens party alongside the Christian Democrats and Christian Social Union, failed after more than four weeks of negotiations that were marred by infighting and leaks to the media.

"This deal is important for the stability and future of Franco-German relations, but especially Europe", said French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux.

Merkel Schulz
GETTYMrs Merkel had to give away a string of concessions to get the SPD on side

The conservatives also performed poorly in the election, and the three coalition parties' support dropped by a total of almost 14 percentage points.

Martin Schulz, leader of the SPD said: "Together, we are determined to use Germany's strength, both economically and politically, to make Europe a grand project again". The AfD surged into third place in September's election, the first time in decades that a far-right, openly nationalist party had won seats in Germany's federal parliament.

The German parties' glacial place in setting up a new administration is testing the patience of voters who gave Merkel's Christian Democratic-led bloc the most votes in the September 24 contest.

The parties pledged to fight tax dumping and evasion in Europe, pushing for "fair taxation of big companies" including internet giants Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, and called for unspecified minimum rates for corporate tax.

The party leaders agreed to a 28-page deal on Friday morning.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he was "very satisfied" with the content of the deal.

The two parties also stress Europe's role in peace and global responsibility in the document, clearly rejecting protectionism, isolationism and nationalism and calling for more worldwide cooperation.


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