Government negotiations collapse in Germany

Disagreement in areas including energy have prompted liberal party FDP to withdraw from the current negotiations to form a government. This leaves Angela Merkel with few alternatives.

FDP's Christian Lindner has left negotiations. | Photo: /ritzau/AP/Soeren Stache

Around six weeks after the general election, Germany is still far from establishing a new government coailition. German government negotiations between Angela Merkel's party CDU/CSU, the Green Party and liberal party FDP crumbled Sunday evening local time when FDP opted to withdraw.

"It is better not to govern than to govern badly," explained FDP party leader Christian Lindner.

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