First Look After German coalition talks fail, Merkel looks for a way forward

Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to form a three-part coalition and now faces an uncertain future for German politics. Political pathways could include a renewed effort to form a coalition between former political partners or a parliamentary vote for chancellor.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's failure to forge a three-way coalition government has plunged Europe's largest economy into uncharted waters, raising pressure on the three-term conservative chancellor to maintain stability.