German Opposition Debate Lifeline for Embattled Chancellor

BERLIN—Germany largest opposition party was meeting Thursday to decide whether to enter talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel over forging a new alliance and lifting the country from its political crisis.

Ms. Merkel’s attempt to form an unprecedented alliance of conservatives, free-market libertarians and environmentalists collapsed late November, leaving Europe’s largest economy with a caretaker administration more than two months after an election that yielded no clear majority.