Merkel, rival to meet German president amid gov’t impasse

Germany’s president is to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of the center-left Social Democrats, Martin Schulz, with the aim of breaking the impasse over the formation of a new government.
Schulz, Merkel and her Bavarian ally Horst Seehofer will meet at the presidential palace Thursday night to explore the possibility of forming a coalition like the one that makes up the outgoing government.
Talks between Merkel’s conservative bloc and two smaller parties to form a previously untried coalition collapsed earlier this month. Schulz initially refused to consider another so-called “grand coalition” after a disastrous showing of the Social Democrats in the election on Sept. 24.
But following an appeal from President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, he reversed course and said his party is now open to holding talks.
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