BERLIN, Germany: A poll shows that a ‘grand coalition’ of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and Germany’s main center-left party is the country’s preferred option for a new government.
Merkel won last Sunday’s parliamentary election but saw her pro-business coalition partner wiped out. She is seeking an alliance with one of two center-left rivals — the Social Democrats or the smaller Greens.
An ARD television poll of 1,000 people conducted Tuesday and Wednesday found 48 percent prefer a grand coalition with the Social Democrats, ahead of 18 percent support for a conservative-Green alliance. It gave a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 points.
The Social Democrats are holding a convention Friday to consider their next steps, amid pressure for leaders to ballot members on any deal.