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Coalition options narrow for Merkel’s CDU

Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 6:09 AM ET
Finding coalition partner will be difficult: CDU
Monday, 23 Sep 2013 | 11:30 AM ET
Michael Fuchs, deputy chairman of the CDU, discusses how difficult it will be for the CDU to find a new coalition partner and how it's unlikely to be the Green party because of its "funny ideas".

Less than 48 hours after Angela Merkel secured a resounding victory in the German elections, the Chancellor's options to form a governing coalition appeared to narrow.

In theory, Merkel's conservatives could join forces with either the center-left social democrat SPD or the left-leaning Green party. While the German Chancellor has said she is open to talks with both, an alliance with the SPD is clearly her party's preferred option. Forming a coalition will likely be a long, drawn-out process however which will involve much haggling.

"This is going to be a tough game," Michael Fuchs, deputy chairman of Merkel's CDU party told CNBC.

He pointed out obvious differences between the Greens and the CDU, such as divisions over taxation and government spending.

"The Greens want higher taxes, Angela Merkel has made it very clear that we don't want to increase any taxes," Fuchs said. "We don't have a problem of too little taxes in Germany but of too much spending." Spending had to go down, he said.

(Read more: Merkel wins: And now for the hard part)

Ideologically, the two are miles apart and an alliance would be awkward. "The Greens have a lot of funny ideas such as vegetarian day for all Germans. We don't want this kind of input. We want the people to be free and to decide what they like," Fuchs said.

'No base' for coalition with Merkel: Green Party
Gerhard Schick, finance spokesperson at the German Green Party, explains that there is no "base for a coalition" with Merkel's CDU and discusses what the election loss means for the party and its future.

The sentiment was echoed by Gerhard Schick, finance spokesman for the Green Party.

"I don't see any basis for a coalition between the Christian Democrats and the Green Party…It's very difficult to imagine a coalition agreement that fits for both parties," Schick told CNBC.

The CDU's Bavarian allies, the CSU, have also ruled out talks with the Greens.

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