- The Washington Times - Monday, September 28, 2009

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says she wants to have a new center-right government in place by the time Germany celebrates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9.

Sunday’s election gave the conservative Merkel a second four-year term. It allows her to dump her “grand coalition” with the center-left Social Democrats and form a new government with the pro-business Free Democrats.

She said Monday that “Germany is entitled to have a new government quickly.”

She said it would be good “if I could greet (foreign) heads of government on Nov. 9 with a new government.”

Merkel also made clear that she doesn’t want to implement spending cuts that might damage Germany’s incipient economic recovery.

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