German Leaders Agree On New Coalition Talks, But Hurdles Remain

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Meet the new German government, same as the old German government. At least that's the plan of Chancellor Angela Merkel and her political allies, who Friday crafted a deal aimed at ending Germany's 3 1/2-month political crisis. It may appear an odd strategy, given that German voters gave the previous government the boot. All three parties making up the last grand coalition — the Christian Democrats (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) — ended up with historically low returns in last September's federal elections. But with snap elections looming after the conservatives tried and failed to reach a deal with several other German parties, the old partners were pressured by the German president — and ultimately, the public —...

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German Leaders Agree On New Coalition Talks, But Hurdles Remain

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