The Canadian PressOctober 16, 2013 05:08
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's options for forming a new government are narrowing after talks with the Greens ended with both sides unable to agree on how they might form a coalition together.
Merkel's conservative bloc now meets with its other centre-left rivals, the Social Democrats, for coalition talks Thursday.
Merkel's bloc won 41.5 per cent of the vote in Sept. 22 elections but fell five seats short of a majority. A so-called grand coalition with the Social Democrats, which won 25.7 per cent of the vote, now seems her most likely option.