In the face of waning German business activity, the steering committees of the Christian Democrats and Christian Social Union
plan to sound out "how the German economy can be stabilized and how trust can be restored in the future."
It is expected to fare well in the election in Bavaria, long a stronghold of the conservative Christian Social Union
, a member of the Chancellor Angela Merkel's federal coalition government.
Merkel's conservatives, which include her CDU and their Bavarian Christian Social Union
(CSU) sister party, have seen support slide since last year's election.
That has been postponed, but Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and Seehofer's Christian Social Union
(CSU) hope to find a compromise on the plan this week, Seehofer said.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, the leader of Bavaria's Christian Social Union
(CSU), told reporters after five hours of talks on Monday that he would maintain his post, saving Germany's fragile government coalition.
by Carl BildtGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to parliamentary group leader of the CDU/CSU faction Volker Kauder and parliamentary group leader of the Christian Social Union
(CSU) Alexander Dobrindt during a German lower house of parliament Bundestag session in Berlin, Germany, June 28, 2018.
The announcements came in a letter Merkel wrote to leaders of her Christian Democratic Union's Bavaria-only sister party, the Christian Social Union
, as well as to her junior coalition government partner, the Social Democrats, after she attended a two-day EU summit in Brussels.
Her ultra-conservative coalition partner Christian Social Union
(CSU) has pushed for unilateral measures and gave Merkel an end-of-the-month deadline.
Commenting on the study findings, the Green party said the 'grand coalition,' established by the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union
(CSU) and German Social Democrats (SPD), had chosen to hold a special Cabinet meeting on the peak of the Zugspitze on Monday while failing to tackle climate change.
Markus Soeder, whose conservative CSU party faces a far-right challenge in state elections in October, declared that "the cross is a fundamental symbol of our Bavarian identity and way of life." It should be seen as a cultural rather than a religious symbol, added Soeder of the Christian Social Union
, the Bavarian sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
Summary: More than five months after Germany's federal election last September, a new grand coalition government -- comprising Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, the CDU's Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union
, and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) -- has finally been formed.
The coalition of Ms Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union, its Bavaria-only sister party the Christian Social Union
and the centre-left Social Democrats has 399 seats.