November 17, 2017 / 12:01 PM / a year ago

German parties must reach coalition deal this weekend: Merkel ally

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel’s conservatives are ready to make further concessions on reducing coal emissions to salvage talks with two smaller parties on forming a coalition government, an ally of the German chancellor said on Thursday.

Volker Kauder, parliamentary leader of Merkel’s conservatives, said the conservatives, Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) could still seal a deal this weekend despite deep differences on climate and migration.

“Despite the big stumbling blocks I believe it could work,” Kauder told reporters. “I feel readiness by all sides and everyone has to make concessions. And I believe that the exploratory talks must end this weekend.”

Writing by Joseph Nasr, editing by Thomas Escritt

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