Angela Merkel at bay … Social Democrats to set high coalition price

German chancellor faces hard talks with centre-left on Sunday to secure fourth term, but rightwingers may cause trouble

Germany’s beleaguered chancellor will return to the negotiating table on Sunday with politicians from the Social Democratic party (SPD) and representatives of her Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), to stave off the end of “Merkelism” by re-establishing the coalition that governed Germany from 2013 to 2017.

Angela Merkel’s efforts will involve tough bargaining with the centre-left, which eyes control over the country’s well-stocked state coffers as a reward for entering a new coalition – in the knowledge that failure of the talks could spell the end of the Merkel era.

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