BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has slapped down an ally's suggestion that her conservatives could work with the post-communist Left Party in the country's east, an idea that appals many on the right.
Germany's political landscape has become increasingly fragmented in recent years — particularly in the formerly communist east, where the Left Party is a major force and the far-right Alternative for Germany is at its strongest. That makes it increasingly hard to form governing coalitions, and three eastern states hold regional votes next year.
Daniel Guenther, a conservative state governor, said in a weekend newspaper interview that his party must be "pragmatic" if election results make it impossible to form a coalition without the Left Party.
Merkel said Monday that she continues to oppose working with the Left Party.