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Germany's Schaeuble urges parties to compromise, take responsibility
November 21, 2017 / 9:36 AM / in 21 days

Germany's Schaeuble urges parties to compromise, take responsibility

BERLIN (Reuters) - German parties must be more willing to compromise and take responsibility to form a coalition government because Europe and the world need Berlin as a strong and reliable ally, Parliamentary President Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Tuesday.

Newly elected Bundestagspraesident, Wolfgang Schaeuble, conducts the first plenary session at the German lower house of Parliament, Bundestag, after a general election in Berlin, Germany, October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Speaking to lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house of parliament after efforts to form a three-way alliance failed, Schaeuble said: “Europe needs a Germany that is capable of acting. The reactions from abroad show that Europe and many other countries in the world are waiting for us.”

Schaeuble, a veteran conservative and former finance minister, added: “The challenges are huge and just as we ourselves need strong partners, our neighbors also want a reliable partner at their side.”

Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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