12/4 Germany’s SPD leader gives green light for preliminary talks with Merkel’s CDU

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The leader of Germany’s center-left Social Democrats (SPD) Martin Schulz on Monday approved tentative talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) on forming a government if a party conference this week gives the go-ahead. The move brings the two sides closer to a possible  “grand coalition” amidst growing frustration that Germany has gone 71 days without a new government. The SPD stressed, however, that this did not mean they wanted to rule with the CDU again – it was key for the party that the talks remain non-binding. After four years of ruling together left the SPD with its worst results in history on September 24’s general election, the Social Democrats had initially ruled out coalition talks and insisted on remaining in the opposition.

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