Angela Merkel arrives for talks today following weeks of little progress
Angela Merkel arrives for talks today following weeks of little progress
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The Sunday Times

Angela Merkel’s attempt to create a four-party coalition to govern Germany was on the verge of failure tonight after another deadline came and went without agreement.

Immigration and climate change measures were the main sticking points dividing Mrs Merkel’s two-party conservative alliance, the pro-business Free Democrats and the left-wing Greens after a day of intense negotiations.

A deadline of 6pm German time, which the Free Democrats had announced was their cut-off point, passed without a puff of white smoke from the North Rhine-Westphalia state building in Berlin hosting senior members of the parties. Die Welt reported that the negotiators were taking a break.

Sources from other parties began speaking of the possibility of another all-night session following the fruitless 15-hour talk marathon through the night…