Peace is possible. Germany has been in limbo without a stable federal government since September elections. But after weeklong negotiations between the Christian Democrats, led by longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel
, the Social Democrats
and the Christian Social Union, the parties have reportedly reached a breakthrough that will allow formal coalition talks to begin. This is the longest it has taken a coalition to come together in Germany since World War II. Their fragile peace, reportedly over funding social programs, still hinges on the Social Democrats
' party conference next week.