Germany coalition talks: SPD backs talks with Merkel

Found on BBC News on Sunday, 21 January 2018
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Mrs Merkel's centre-right CDU and its Bavarian CSU ally have been unable to form a government since September's inconclusive election.

Initially the SPD ruled out governing with Mrs Merkel in charge again. But leader Martin Schulz changed his mind after CDU/CSU coalition talks with the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) and Greens broke down.

At least the politicians are not completely unable to act: NRW has decided to increase the parliamentary allowance by 90%.