Germany: FDP pulls out of coalition leaving Merkel red-faced
Berlin, Nov 20 (IBNS): Germany's powerful Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing her biggest challenge in 12 years as dialogue with free-market liberal FDP has collapsed, thus nullifying the possibility of forming a coalition government in Deutschland.
After four weeks of talks with Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc and the Greens, FDP leader Christian Lindner said there was "no basis of trust" between the respective parties.
Linder said, "It is better not to rule than to rule badly. Goodbye."
Upset with how things have unfolded, Merkel will meet German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and convey him the results formally.
The President has the power to call for snap elections.
Calling it a day of 'deep reflection', the German Chancellor said, "As chancellor, I will do everything to ensure that this country is well managed in the difficult weeks to come."
Merkel is regarded among the world's most powerful leaders.
Following the US election last year, in which Donald Trump won, may had stated Merkel as the new leader of the free world, but following the recent development, expert believe that her credibility is likely to take a hit.