Merkel party a step closer to new coalition government

BERLIN (AFP) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives reached a “breakthrough” deal yesterday with Germany’s second biggest party, the Social Democrats, toward building a new coalition government, sources close to the negotiations said. After more than 24 hours of talks, party chiefs and their teams reached an in-principle deal to start formal coalition talks that could lead in the coming months to a new government for the biggest EU economy, they told AFP. More details in Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin.