In their statement, which came after seven hours of talks in Berlin, said discussions had been conducted in a “trusting atmosphere”
The results of the exploratory talks will then be discussed within each their parliamentary parties and among the parties’ respective boards and Angela Merkel’s CDU said on Twitter.
The CDU outlined 15 different topic areas that will be discussed between Merkel, SPD leader Martin Schulz and CSU head Horst Seehofer, including finances/taxes, energy, family, migration/integration, Europe and the labor market.
Last Friday, Schulz announced that the parties had agreed to start preliminary talks although the SPD carefully noted that it wanted to keep open the possibility of a softer “cooperative coalition,” while the CDU is mainly interested in forming a grand coalition.
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