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Angela Merkel ready to move forward with Jamaica coalition

Angela Merkel ready to move forward with Jamaica coalition”

Merkel's CDU and her Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union, will meet Sunday to come to an agreement on migration policy, so that the two parties can move forward in coalition talks with the FDP and the Greens about forming a so-called Jamaica coalition. Taking up a demand by the youth organization, she pledged to put any coalition contract with the Greens and the pro-market Free Democrats to a vote by a party convention.

Merkel won a fourth term in the September 24 vote but the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) poached one million votes from her conservative bloc, leaving her without an obvious coalition to lead Europe's largest economy.

The young conservatives' "Dresden declaration" called for an "honest and unflinching questioning of our polices of the past years" given the election results. "It makes no sense to speculate about people and posts so long as we don't have any clarity on the policy", he added.

"Things can not just continue as they were", the declaration said. Merkel said during the Saturday speech that her government was working intensively to allay concerns about how the refugees, many of them Muslims from the Middle East, would be integrated into the German society.

Still, Merkel said she was confident she could build a coalition that would govern effectively "so that in four years we can say we're better off now than we were in 2017".

"What we don't need is uncontrolled immigration into our social welfare systems", it said. "And we'll have to discuss this intensively", Lindner said of the forthcoming negotiations.

In what he described as a bridge "to bring the potential coalition parties together", Weber suggested solving the controversial issue of an upper limit on refugees - Obergrenze in German - by boosting European cooperation.

A new poll released by Focus magazine showed that 67% of Germans back the migrant cap demanded by the CSU, while 26% reject such a plan.



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