Distrust and Anger Inside Germany's Rocky Coalition Talks

Preliminary talks to form a new government in Berlin, following the collapse of a previous effort, underscore the degree to which the power of the leaders of Germany's main political parties has eroded. Angela Merkel's own weakness is more apparent than ever.
Exploratory talks to form a new government in Berlin

Exploratory talks to form a new government in Berlin

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CSU party boss Horst Seehofer, Chancellor Angela Merkel and SPD head Martin Schulz after talks on Jan. 12.

CSU party boss Horst Seehofer, Chancellor Angela Merkel and SPD head Martin Schulz after talks on Jan. 12.

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CSU politician Alexander Dobrindt

CSU politician Alexander Dobrindt

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