German coalition talks collapse — The reactions

German coalition talks collapse — The reactions

Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Democrats

"It is at least a day of deep contemplation about how things proceed in Germany. But I want to say to you that I, as chancellor, will do everything to lead this country through these difficult weeks."

German coalition talks collapse — The reactions

Christian Lindner, leader of the Free Democrats

"It is better not to govern than to govern incorrectly."

German coalition talks collapse — The reactions

Cem Ozdemir, leader of the Greens

"An agreement would have been possible with the necessary goodwill. We were ready for this agreement right till the last seconds, and even to go a bit further, where you cannot actually go."

German coalition talks collapse — The reactions

Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, deputy leader of the Social Democrats

"The SPD is not the spare wheel on Ms. Merkel's careening car."

German coalition talks collapse — The reactions

Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Social Union, sister party to the Christian Democrats

"It is a pity that we did not succeed in achieving that which was within our reach."

German coalition talks collapse — The reactions

Heiko Maas, Justice Minister and member of the Social Democrats

"This party-political egoism damages our democracy."

German coalition talks collapse — The reactions

Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Democrats.

"We believed we were on a path where an agreement could have been reached. I regret, with full respect for the FDP, that we could not come to a mutual agreement."

German coalition talks collapse — The reactions

Volker Wissing, leader of the Free Democrats in Rhineland-Palatinate

"Merkel has failed. She wanted to pursue green-and-black politics and not engage with the concerns of the FDP. The collapse of talks was the logical consequence."

German coalition talks collapse — The reactions

Julia Klöckner, Deputy Federal Chairperson of the Christian Democrats

"You can do what the FDP did, but don't have to. Well-prepared spontaneity. The decent thing would have been if all party chairpeople had announced the cancellation together."

German coalition talks collapse — The reactions

Alexander Gauland, deputy leader of the Alternative for Germany

"I see that we're having an effect. Frau Merkel has failed, and it is time for her to go as chancellor."

The Free Democrats have abandoned talks with Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats and the Greens. DW has the best quotes from the night that rocked German politics.