A new obstacle in Merkel’s coalition talks, plus Berlin’s new budget increase: where is it from, where might it be spent? Interview with Handelsblatt Global Editor-in-Chief Andreas Kluth


German news is dominated by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ongoing efforts to form the next government coalition. This week, she ran into unexpected trouble with the CDU’s sister party, the CSU, when one agriculture minister went rogue on a vote in Brussels, opting not to ban a controversial weed killing chemical.

The move is a setback for Merkel’s chances of a renewed grand coalition with the Social Democrats, who saw the vote as a breech of trust.

Monika Müller-Kroll hears from Andreas Kluth on the latest in Merkel’s coalition talks, Berlin’s increased budget, and heightened security at Christmas markets.