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Merkel's conservatives, SPD clinch coalition agreement: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats agreed ‘in principle’ on Wednesday on a coalition deal, sources involved in the talks said, taking Europe’s economic powerhouse a step closer to a new government. “In principle, ...

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Merkel's conservatives, SPD agree on German coalition blueprint: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed after all-night talks on Friday to a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations, party sources said, bolstering prospects for an end to months of political uncertainty. The ...

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Merkel's conservatives, SPD agree German coalition blueprint: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed after all-night talks on Friday to a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations, party sources said, bolstering prospects for an end to months of political uncertainty. The ...

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Merkel's Bavarian allies insist on conservative unity before coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) – The Bavarian sister party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has said her conservative bloc must agree policies on immigration, pensions and healthcare before opening coalition negotiations with two other parties. Leaders of Bavaria’s ...

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Merkel's chief of staff, Altmaier, to take over as acting German finmin: report

BERLIN (Reuters) – Peter Altmaier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, will take over as acting finance minister from Wolfgang Schaeuble when he leaves office, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday. It said, without citing its sources, that ...

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Merkel's party dips in poll but still way ahead before Sunday vote

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s conservatives dropped one percentage point in a poll released on Thursday, three days before a German election in which the chancellor is expected to win a fourth term, while the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) ...

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