Merkel seeks party`s support for new German govt

Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking her conservative party`s support for a new German government alliance with its center-left rivals and pointing to continuity in Berlin`s hard-nosed approach to Europe`s debt crisis.

PTI| Updated: Dec 09, 2013, 21:11 PM IST

Berlin: Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking her conservative party`s support for a new German government alliance with its center-left rivals and pointing to continuity in Berlin`s hard-nosed approach to Europe`s debt crisis.

Merkel`s Christian Democrats emerged the strongest force from September elections but fell short of a majority, and their previous, pro-business coalition partners were voted out of parliament. Merkel then negotiated with the center-left Social Democrats to form a "grand coalition" of Germany`s biggest parties.

Merkel appealed to a party conference today to back the resulting agreement, which features some center-left demands such as a national minimum wage and making it easier for some people to retire early.

The Social Democrats are putting the deal to a ballot of their entire 470,000-strong membership. The result is expected this weekend.