German parties progress after coalition talks despite lingering divisions

Leaders of the German Green Party Cem Ozdemir and Katrin Goering-Eckardt arrive for the exploratory talks about forming a new coalition government in Berlin, Germany November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Vastavam web: German parties cited progress on Friday after three weeks of talks about a three-way coalition, with their leaders due to thrash out remaining differences over transport and climate on Sunday.The chiefs of the parties huddled on Friday evening to review progress in the talks thus far, but planned no statements.
They had initially hoped to agree on the outlines of a coalition deal by Friday after the two smaller parties dropped demands this week on tax and climate policy, but later decided to meet again on Sunday before a final push by full delegations for an outline deal next week.Seehofer and FDP leader Christian Lindner said they were optimistic that the exploratory talks could be wrapped up next week, paving the way for weeks of detailed negotiations about the exact terms of a coalition contract.But Michael Kellner, a top negotiator for the Greens, demanded more compromises from the other parties.