Still Fighting? German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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Angela Merkel, who has headed three coalitions since 2005, said she was “very sceptical” about ruling in a minority government and suggested she would stand again as a candidate if elections were called in the new year. She also said she did not see any reason to resign from her post despite the failed negotiations. Elections in September saw Merkel’s bloc poll first place but with a reduced share of the vote and with the FDP and Greens as its only plausible coalition partners. Some in Mrs Merkel’s party still hope for another grand coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD), despite that party repeatedly ruling such an option out. Earlier on Monday, SPD leader Martin Schulz said his party was “not afraid of new elections”.

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