German parties aim to finish exploratory work by Friday - FDP official
The three parties that made big gains in Germany's national election aim by Friday to have a basis on which to decide whether to move to full coalition, the Free Democrats' Secretary General Volker Wissing said on Tuesday
"We will assess the results of the past few days' discussions and write down what we can do together," Wissing said, adding the parties are now discussing the areas where they are the furthest apart.
The process was "very difficult" and there was no guarantee of an actual decision on Friday, but the discussions were productive, he added.
"After past days of talks, I am sure we can come up with an agreement together if we work on it," German Social Democrat's Secretary General Lars Klingbeil said, adding he is optimistic about the next two days of negotiations.
(Reporting by Thomas Escritt and Zuzanna Szymanska)
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