>> Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel's efforts to form a three-way ruling coalition have run into overtime. The three would-be coalition partners meeting over the weekend in a last-ditch effort to define the terms of the future government coalition. The incumbant Chancellor needs to form a coalition if she wants to secure a fourth term after suffering losses in September's election.
That would be an awkward three-way Conservative, Liberal, Green alliance. But after four weeks of talks, the parties remain far apart on issues like migration and climate change. No one appears keen to give ground. The Green's want emissions cuts that the other parties see as economically unpalatable, while Merkel's arch Conservative allies in Bavaria insist on stricter immigration rules.
The shadow of the far right search hanging over talks. In September's election, the alternative for Germany party emerged as the third largest faction. Now, Bavaria's Christian Social Union are fearful about regional state elections next year. It's concerned that it could lose its majority if it's perceived as weak on immigration.
Among its demand is a cap of 200,000 per year on the number of refugees Germany will take in. The free Democrat leader says the talks between the would-be coalition will wrap up on Sunday. No party wants to be seen as the one that brought the future coalition down, as a fresh round of elections could strengthen the position of the far right.