>> Still no deal for German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Her attempts to cobble together a three way ruling coalition government look set to drag on into the weekend. Tense negotiations between Merkel's conservatives, the pro-business free democrats, and the environmentalist Greens wrapped up at 4 AM on Friday, failing to break the stalemate that's plagued Germany since September's inconclusive elections.
Reuters' chief correspondent in Berlin, Paul Carrel, says it's an awkward alliance they're trying to form, and immigration is the main sticking point.>> Merkel's Bavarian allies, the CSU, they want to restrict the flow of refugees into Germany very tightly and they also want to extend restrictions on refugees bringing immediate family members into Germany.
The Greens in particular reject that approach. They say that reuniting families is a better way to promote integration, so that's the real tough issue that they've still gotta resolve.>> Talks resumed today and are expected to run right through the weekend. Hanging over the proceedings is a shadow from the right.
>> All parties are trying to show their rank and file, their party bases that they're adopting tough lines and that they're not compromising too easily, but it is actually in the interest of all parties that they reach a deal. If they fail to do so, there is a risk of new elections in Germany, and with that the big risk is that the far right Alternative For Germany party which surged into parliament in September's national election, for the AFD, does even better.
And none of the mainstream parties want that.>> Senior figures from all three parties insisted the deal is within reach. Just when remains anyone's guess.