We asked voters in Germany to explain the situation as they see it and tell us how they hope it will be resolved

Coalition talks have broken down between Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), the pro-business FDP and the Green party after German federal elections at the end of September.

Germany’s president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, is urging party leaders to rethink their positions and try again to form a government. The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), Merkel’s partners in the outgoing government, say they will not budge from their refusal to enter a new Merkel-led administration. If that stands, a minority government or new elections are the only options.

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