11 Jan '18, 8am

Thorny issues in Germany's coalition talks: a handy @AFP guide as to where it could all go wrong today

Thorny issues in Germany's coalition talks: a handy @AFP guide as to where it could all go wrong today

A bid by Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to renew an alliance with Germany's second biggest party, the Social Democrats, is complicated by several hot button topics. Here are some of the hurdles that the two sides will have to overcome before advancing to formal coalition negotiations towards a government by spring. - Refugees - September's elections which left Merkel without a majority and the SPD with a record low score, saw a surge in support for the far-right AfD. The upstart anti-immigration party had capitalised on misgivings about the huge influx of more than a million asylum seekers who have arrived since 2015. Anxious to stem the haemorrhage of support to the far right, the conservative wing of Merkel's CDU as well as her Bavarian alllies the CSU are keen to cut back on arrivals. The conservatives in particular want to extend a halt on family reunions for...

Full article: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/thorny-issues-germanys-coalitio...

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