German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union party Wholesale Puma Shoes Online , Angela Merkel, closes her eyes while speaking after exploratory talks on forming a new government broke down on Sunday in Berlin. Photo: AFP
Chancellor Angela Merkel was left scrambling to drag Germany out of a crisis Monday after high-stakes talks to form a new government collapsed, potentially forcing Europe's top economy into snap elections.
Germany now faces weeks, if not months, of paralysis with a lame-duck government that is unlikely to take bold policy action at home or on the European stage.
With no other viable coalition in sight, Germany may be forced to hold new elections that risk being as inconclusive as September's polls.
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But following more than a month of gruelling negotiations, the leader of the pro-business FDP, Christian Lindner, walked out of talks overnight, saying there was no "basis of trust" to forge a government with Merkel's conservative alliance CDU-CSU and the ecologist Greens.
"It is better not to govern than to govern badly," he said, adding that the parties did not share "a common vision on modernizing" Germany.
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"As chancellor... I will do everything to ensure that this country comes out well through this difficult time," she said.
News magazine Der Spiegel called the breakdown in negotiations a "catastrophe" for Merkel and said Germany, long seen as an island of stability, was having its "Brexit moment, its Trump moment."
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The euro fell on the news, but Germany's blue-chip DAX remained largely firm, losing just 0.47 percent in early trade.
The acrimonious negotiations stumbled on a series of issues including immigration. Merkel let in more than 1 million asylum seekers since 2015, sparking a backlash that allowed the far-right AfD party to win its first seats in parliament.
Its parliamentary co-leader Alexander Gauland relished the collapse of the talks, saying that Merkel had "failed" and that his party "looks forward to potential new elections" in which it stands to make strong gains.
Meng Jianzhu, head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, conveys Chinese President Xi Jinping's written instruction to the eighth national conference on petition work in Beijing Wholesale Mens Puma Shoes , capital of China, July 18, 2017. (XinhuaXie Huanchi)
BEIJING, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged officials to make "every possible effort" to solve public grievances.
He said officials must treat the handling of public petitions as important work in keeping abreast of public events, pooling people's wisdom, protecting the public interest and improving social solidarity.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Wholesale Puma Shoes , made the remarks in a written instruction conveyed to the eighth national conference on petition work, which was held in Beijing on Tuesday and Wednesday.
He urged Party committees, government agencies and officials to handle people's legitimate appeals lawfully, in timely fashion and in the local areas, address the root causes of issues, and build a stronger grassroots system.
The construction of the legal institutions and related systems for addressing public petitions should be improved, Xi said Cheap Puma Shoes Online , calling for efforts to make petition work more forward-looking, systematic and targeted.
Speaking highly of petition work in recent years, the president said those handling petitions have helped solve large numbers of problems concerning the immediate interests of the people and played an important role in safeguarding the country's reform, development and stability.
Xi ordered Party committees to enhance leadership over the work, show support and care for those handling petitions, and build a high-quality team that are loyal to the Party, dedicated to serving the people and good at working with the general public.
At the two-day event Cheap Puma Shoes China , model individuals and units were awarded for their contribution to the work and certificates of merit were presented to those who had handled petitions for more than 25 years.
China has established a system to handle appeals and petitions from the public, including citizens seeking government redress in cases ranging from illegal land acquisition, social security, education, to healthcare and environmental protection.
China unveiled a set of reforms on the petition system in 2014, vowing to expand petition channels to facilitate public grievances, punish officials for malpractice and promote rule of law in handling petition cases.
As the reform has gone deep Cheap Kids Puma Shoes , remarkable progress has been made in the petition work in the past three years, with a steady drop in the number of petitions and improved public trust in the work.
Petitioners now have a variety of channels to file petitions, through hotlines, WeChat, mobile apps and other online formats. They can inquire and follow the development of their cases and give feedback on the handling by local petition departments.
According to guidelines issued by Chinese authorities in early 2014, officials are required to accept petitions in a face-to-face manner at intervals ranging from one day in six months for provincial-level officials and one day every week at township-level.
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