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When a Pillar of European Stability Crumbles

Nov 20, 2017 | 19:51 GMT
Germany's role as the beacon of political stability and predictability in Europe is now in doubt. Negotiations to form a government collapsed Nov. 19 after the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) left the coalition talks, opening a period of prolonged political uncertainty in the process.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the presidential residence Bellevue Castle in Berlin where she met German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Nov. 20, 2017 after coalition talks failed overnight. Merkel was left battling for political survival after high-stakes talks to form a new government collapsed, plunging Germany into a crisis that could trigger fresh elections. Now, German parties and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier must decide what to do next. The rest of Europe will be watching as well, waiting for a new government to be appointed in Berlin to resume talks about the future of the European Union.

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Germany's role as the beacon of political stability and predictability in Europe is now in doubt. Negotiations to form a government collapsed Nov. 19 after the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) left coalition talks, opening a period of prolonged political uncertainty. For weeks, the FDP, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative...

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