Germans could find out who their next leader will be after Monday's coalition talks between Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and conservative leader Angela Merkel.

The two ended several hours of discussions Sunday without comment.

But German news reports say a deal could be announced Monday in which Ms. Merkel would become the new chancellor while giving additional cabinet posts to the rival party.

Ms. Merkel's Christian Democrats won four more seats than Mr. Schroeder's Social Democrats in last month's parliamentary elections. Neither party won a mandate, and Mr. Schroeder has so far refused to concede defeat.

Even after a deal is struck, both parties say it would take weeks to form a new government.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters. AP