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Germany's Social Democrats open to coalition talks

Schulz signaled at meeting with Merkel and Seehofer

01 December, 12:56
(ANSA) - BERLIN - German Bild on line reported that the Social Democratic Party is now open to entering preliminary coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc.

The dpa news agency reported Friday that Social Democrats' leader Martin Schulz signaled late Thursday at meetings with Merkel and the head of her party's Bavarian-only sister Christian Social Union, Horst Seehofer.

Schulz had ruled out forming a so-called grand coalition with Merkel's bloc after Sept. 24 elections, but reversed course at the urging of President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. (ANSA).

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