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Coalition talks in Germany to continue Oct 14
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Coalition talks in Germany to continue Oct 14

Oct 4 2013, 5:30pm CDT | by IANS

Berlin, Oct 5 (IANS) The first round of coalition talks between German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and its main opponent ended Friday with both sides agreeing to continue the talks in 10 days.

Berlin, Oct 5 — The first round of coalition talks between German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and its main opponent ended Friday with both sides agreeing to continue the talks in 10...

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Coalition talks in Germany to continue Oct 14

Oct 4 2013, 5:30pm CDT | by IANS

Berlin, Oct 5 (IANS) The first round of coalition talks between German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and its main opponent ended Friday with both sides agreeing to continue the talks in 10 days.

Berlin, Oct 5 — The first round of coalition talks between German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and its main opponent ended Friday with both sides agreeing to continue the talks in 10 days.

The atmosphere of the exploratory talks Friday was "good, sober and constructive", Hermann Groehe, secretary general of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told reporters after emerging from a meeting, Xinhua reported.

Andrea Nahles, secretary general of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), said the talks were in an "open-minded atmosphere".

Lacking a majority in the new parliament after Sep 22 elections, Merkel's bloc of CDU and its Bavarian sister party Christian Social Union (CSU) needs a partner to rule the Europe's largest economy for the next four years.

A repeat of so-called "grand coalition" between CDU/CSU and SPD, as in Merkel's first term in 2005-2009, was supported by 58 percent of Germans. The idea, however, was rejected by a majority of SPD members, recent polls showed.

SPD leaders said last week that the decision of whether to form a coalition with the CDU would be made by the party's 470,000 members.

The main hurdle is their different views on various domestic policies, including tax increases and setting a national statutory minimum wage.

During its election campaign, SPD stressed greater social justice and reiterated the plan to introduce a national minimum wage of 8.50 euros per hour. The party also wants to raise taxes on incomes above 100,000 euros to 49 percent from 42 percent.

However, Merkel said such tax hike plans would risk spoiling the good situation in the country. The CDU/CSU rejected tax increases in its campaign and supports minimum wage deals struck by employers and trade unions in different industry sectors and regions.

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