Chancellor Angela Merkel told broadcaster ZDF she would prefer new elections to leading a minority government and ruled out stepping down after coalition talks collapsed Sunday night.
The European Medicines Agency, based in London since 1995, will relocate to Amsterdam as Britain leaves the EU. The Dutch capital won out over Milan, Bonn and 16 other cities.
“It is not in our interest that the situation becomes tense,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in reaction to the collapse of coalition talks in Germany.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said political parties should reconsider their positions and take responsibility to form a government. He will meet with all party leaders to help the restart of negotiations.
The Social Democrats’ leader, Martin Schulz, said his party will not enter into a coalition with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the SPD would not shy away from new elections.
France wants a “strong and stable” Germany, an official at the office of French President Emmanuel Macron said as worries over potential political instability in Germany ripple across Europe.
A minority government is likely since new elections would probably not bring about fundamental changes to the previous election results, said Clemens Fuest, a leading German economist.
Katrin Göring-Eckardt, a leader of the Greens, said she “assumes” Germany will have to hold a new federal election following the collapse of coalition talks.