Tepid Talks A Coalition Devoid of Vision

The coalition taking shape in Berlin between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats will have a huge majority in parliament. But the halfhearted discussion that's gone on so far suggests that the government won't tackle big projects -- and Merkel is to blame.
Merkel with SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel ahead of talks on Monday.

Merkel with SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel ahead of talks on Monday.

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