German Politicians reach a deal on coalition talks
Jan 12, Berlin: German politicians on Friday had breakthrough in talks aimed at forming a new coalition government.
A blueprint for formal negotiations was agreed between Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their former coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD).Politicians stayed up all night to discuss the 28-page document, with the talks lasting more than 24 hours.
But they managed to reach agreement on key sticking points such as migration.They plan to limit asylum-seeker arrivals to about 200,000 annually. The blueprint also speaks of capping at 1,000 a month the number of migrants who will be allowed to join their family living in Germany.
They spoke of a "fresh start" for Germany, and Mr Schulz said that in Europe "we are determined to deploy Germany's strength". They signalled that a stronger alliance with France in the EU would be a priority.
Both stressed the need to ensure Germany's "social cohesion".It was a veiled recognition of voter frustration with centrist politics, amid tensions over the influx of asylum seekers.
The September election saw the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) win 94 seats in parliament - a first for post-war Germany.
Both the CDU and SPD suffered their worst election results for more than 50 years.
The Oslo Times International News Network