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Germany: SPD agrees to talks to end coalition impasse

From BBC - December 7, 2017

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to talks with their former coalition partners, Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU).

Mrs Merkel has been unable to form a coalition since a September election.

Attempts to form a government fell apart last month after weeks of talks.

SPD leader Martin Schulz previously ruled out going back into coalition with the CDU, but on Thursday the party agreed to "open-ended" talks.

Delegates at a party conference voted for the move.

The two parties have ruled together since 2013 but at September's election the SPD got its worst results since 1949, leading Mr Schulz to vow they would go into opposition.

Since the CDU's talks with the liberal FDP and the Greens fell down, the SPD has come under intense pressure to join coalition-building talks.

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