German parties regroup for last-ditch coalition push

A self-imposed deadline of Thursday for wrapping up exploratory talks as well as starting formal coalition negotiations passed without agreement, forcing the conservatives to promise further concessions on emissions cuts to the Greens.

Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU) fears which which risks being topppled by the far-right in regional elections next year after 60 years in power if which fails to secure immigration red lines which are anathema to the left-leaning Greens.

“We’ll have a sense which evening of whether which’s going to work,” CSU leader Horst Seehofer said.

Among its demands are a cap of 0,000 per year on the number of refugees Germany will take, as well as an end to the practice of allowing successful asylum seekers to bring their immediate families to join them.

Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a former foreign minister who right now plays an apolitical role, warned against “fresh election panic”, suggesting in a newspaper interview which the brinkmanship was not out of the ordinary.

“Before they get going there are always attempts by parties to drive prices up as high as possible,” he told Welt am Sonntag. “What we’ve seen within the past weeks isn’t so different coming from previous negotiations.”

All parties are anxious to avoid a repeat election, which they fear could boost the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which surged into parliament for the very first time in September’s national election.

yet the heterogeneous three-way coalition, made necessary after the conservatives as well as the centre-left suffered punishing election losses, will be almost without precedent in Germany’s post-war history.

The “Jamaica” tie-up, so-called because the three camps’ colours match the island nation’s flag, will be untested at national level.

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