The AfD, which entered Germany's parliament with almost 13 percent of the vote last September, often makes headlines with hate speech before usually backing away from the most incendiary comments.
SDP leader Martin Schulz says his party has not yet agreed to negotiate a new coalition with Merkel, as reported in Germany's "Bild" newspaper.
Germany's Social Democrat Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says it will take his party time to iron out its differences with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to renew their coalition.
The two leaders also discussed regional issues and the ongoing migration crisis during a telephone conversation on Thursday.
Germany’s political crisis arose in September when Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and junior coalition partner SPD lost votes as the anti-immigrant AfD surged into parliament.
The move marks a U-turn for SPD leader Martin Schulz, who had previously ruled out any participation in a future government after he lost to Angela Merkel’s conservative Union bloc in the September vote.
President Frank-Walter Steinmeier says parties they owed it to voters to try to form a government while Chancellor Angela Merkel says she would prefer a new election to ruling with a minority after coalition talks failed.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU is likely to give away concessions to the Greens after a self-imposed deadline of Thursday for wrapping up exploratory talks passed without agreement.
President Frank-Walter Steinmeier meets his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin on Sunday amid tensions between German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu.
Germany stresses need to improve people's lives in their home country as it struggles to cope with refugees.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says the air attack on an aid convoy in Syria is a terrorist act and calls for complete cessation of all military aircraft movements over Syria.
At a press conference in Turkey's capital Ankara, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg voiced support for Turkey's fight against DAESH in Syria, stressing that the country is a highly valued member of the alliance.
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