As long as the negotiations continue, the Christian Democrats
can replace Merkel as their choice for chancellor at any time.
BERLIN, Jan 12 (KUNA) -- The Christian Democrats
and Social Democrats declared on Friday an agreement to begin talks for forming a new coalition government; four months after holding parliamentary elections on September 24.
The two major parties, the Christian Democrats
(CDU7 CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD), predominate and could end up forming another Grand Coalition after the Bundestag election that will take place on September 24.
SPD hopes that in the upcoming elections, which will be held in September, it will be able to form a government along with smaller parties, separate from the coalition with the Christian Democrats
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- A veteran member of the European Parliament from the Christian Democrats
has called the arrest of Today's Zaman Editor-in-Chief BE-lent KeneE- "another chapter in the government's fight against critical media.
Although it remained quite a singular case on the European political scene and has recently been considered weakened, the German national elections reconfirmed that the Christian democrats
did not lose their distinctive ideological profile (13).
In the elections last fall, it came in second to the Christian Democrats
The cabinet shuffle is part of a remaking of Austria's grand coalition of the Social Democrats SPO and the Christian Democrats
The business-friendly Free Democrats were always the most comfortable coalition partner for both the Christian Democrats
and the Social Democrats, so they have been in government for all but 19 of the past 64 years.
The 20-member delegation of the Christian Democrats
will visit Turkish provinces of Mardin, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Ankara and Istanbul.
The Christian Democrats
plan to join a minority cabinet led by the pro-business VVD party, with tacit support from Geert Wilders' anti-Islam Freedom party.
The Maurice de Hond poll released on Sunday found 52% of voters hope the Liberals and the Christian Democrats
will reach a deal to form a minority government, with parliamentary support from the anti-Islamic Freedom Party.