Parties prepare for coalition talks after centre-left win in Germany

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Four German political parties were positioning themselves to enter coalition talks on Monday, just hours after a final vote count showed a narrow victory for the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) over the country’s conservative alliance. The SPD captured 25.7 per cent, its best result in years, while the conservative CDU/CSU bloc of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel fell to a record low of 24.1 per cent after her four consecutive terms in office. Both main candidates to be the next German chancellor, Olaf Scholz of the SPD and Armin Laschet of the Christian Democrats (CDU), say they want to f…

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