Coalition Talks Begin Merkel Sets Tone of New German Government

As coalition talks begin for Germany's new government, Chancellor Angela Merkel is already setting the agenda. She is opposing demands by her junior coalition partner, the business-friendly FDP, for labor market and welfare reforms. The new administration is going to look a lot like the old one -- both in policies and personnel.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
Angela Merkel and FDP leader Guido Westerwelle are seen in silhouette in the Chancellory on Sept. 28, as they met for preliminary talks on the day after the general election.

Angela Merkel and FDP leader Guido Westerwelle are seen in silhouette in the Chancellory on Sept. 28, as they met for preliminary talks on the day after the general election.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan