After centrist parties suffered massive falls in voter support at the latest general election, it has been a month of wrangling as Angela Merkel tries for the first time ever to form a four-way coalition government in Germany. Her self-imposed deadline is Friday this week, and as is all too often the case last minute negotiations seem to go on well into the night. They’re not the only ones without a government: Northern Ireland has been in this position since early this year.
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