“Today is the big day: CDU and SPD meet to examine the the possibility of forming coalition,” announces Welt Kompakt. On the eve of negotiations, Angela Merkel spoke of Germany’s important responsibility: “Europe is watching us, the entire world is watching us.”
Coinciding with the October 3 celebrations marking German reunification, President of the federal republic Joachim Gauck called on the future government to demonstrate greater commitment to helping a world in crisis, observing that “our country is not an island.” Die Welt adds that in the September 22 general elections, a number —
… of MPs with experience in international politics were not returned to the Bundestag. Germany cannot allow itself the status of an island. It is too important for that.