German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a parliamentary group meeting of the conservative CDU/CSU faction on November 20, 2017 in Berlin.
Following more than a month of gruelling negotiations, the leader of the pro-business FDP, Christian Lindner, walked out of talks overnight, on November 19, 2017 saying there was no "basis of trust" to forge a government with Merkel's conservative alliance CDU-CSU and the ecologist Greens. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL / ALTERNATIVE CROP (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Italian President Sergio Mattarella addresses journalists after consultations with political parties, on May 7, 2018 at the Quirinale palace in Rome. Italy is facing a third month of political paralysis after talks between the centre-left and the Five Star Movement over a coalition government failed to get off the ground. President Sergio Mattarella holds a fresh round of consultations "to see if the parties have other ideas for a government majority".
/ AFP / Andreas SOLARO