November 20, 2017 / 12:06 PM / in 4 months

Merkel gets strong backing from her party after talks fail

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel got the strong backing of the leadership of her Christian Democrats (CDU) during a telephone conference on Monday after coalition talks to form a new government failed late on Sunday.

Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel arrives at the Baden-Wuerttemberg State Representation office for exploratory talks about forming a new coalition government in Berlin, Germany, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

Armin Laschet, deputy chairman of the CDU and premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, told journalists that leading members of Merkel’s party had expressed their strong support for their leader despite the talks failing.

Reporting by Matthias Inverardi, writing by Emma Thomasson, editing by Thomas Escritt

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