January 17, 2018 / 1:36 PM / a year ago

Merkel counting on SPD to take 'responsible decision' on coalition

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks during a news conference with Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday Germany needed a stable government and that she was counting on her would-be Social Democrat coalition partners to agree at a weekend congress to give the go-ahead for full-blow coalition talks.

Merkel told a news conference in Berlin she was counting on the Social Democrats to “take a responsible decision,” adding: “I will not interfere in that.”

Reporting by Michelle Martin and Paul Carrel

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