Germany's Merkel says open to all coalition options

Conservative leader does not rule out new coalition government with liberals or environmentalists after polls next month.

Germany's Merkel says open to all coalition options

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is open to all possible coalition options after elections on Sept. 24, except a partnership with a far-right or a far-left party.

In an interview with Phoenix television on Monday, the conservative leader signaled her Christian Democratic bloc (CDU/CSU) might not try another coalition with its current partner Social Democratic Party (SPD), but instead seek a partnership with liberals or environmentalists.

"Here, there is no natural coalition, rather at first, each party would fight for becoming strong enough itself,” Merkel said.

She did not name a preferred coalition partner, but immediately ruled out any partnership with the socialist Left Party (Die Linke) and the far-right, Alternative for Germany, or the AfD.

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“We will not enter a coalition with Die Linke and not with the AfD, all other options one will see,” she said.

The latests polls show Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU bloc is well ahead of its main rival SPD, but failing to gain enough seats at the parliament to form a government alone.

The research institute Emnid’s poll released on Saturday put support for the CDU/CSU at 38 percent, while the SPD was polled at 24 percent.

The liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), which had been a traditional coalition partner for the Christian Democrats in the past, was estimated to receive 8 percent support, above the national 5-percent electoral threshold.

The environmentalist Green Party, which backed Merkel’s open door policy for refugees, was polled at 7 percent.

According to the poll, the socialist Left Party was estimated to get 10 percent, and the far-right populist AfD was polled at around 8 percent.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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