Chances fading for Laschet bid as German conservatives ponder future

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German conservative leader Armin Laschet’s chances of heading up new coalition appear to be slipping away as the faint outline emerges of a government under the Social Democrats’ Olaf Scholz. Despite securing only a narrow win in Sunday’s election, Scholz has seemed upbeat about hammering out a new three-party coalition including the environmental Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP). Speaking on German public TV on Monday, Scholz expressed confidence that the three parties can find common ground to form a government by Christmas. “There are, after all, overlaps,” he said. The Gree…

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