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German Business: Need New Gov't Soon   11/22 06:17

   BERLIN (AP) -- The heads of two influential German business lobby group say 
the country needs a new government soon in order to tackle important issues 
facing the economy.

   Talks on forming a four-party coalition collapsed late Sunday; Chancellor 
Angela Merkel has signaled she's willing to keep negotiating with other parties 
or lead hers into new elections.

   Eric Schweitzer, president of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, says 
businesses expect uncertainty to last into the next year.

   Business daily Handelsblatt quoted Schweitzer on Wednesday saying that "in 
view of the rapid economic developments around the world it's important ... we 
don't remain without a government for long."

   Dieter Kempf of industry lobby group BDI warned that if Germany's parties 
fail to take responsibility for government, then others might seek to fill the 
political vacuum.


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