German Greens seek coalition with Social Democrats, liberals

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The German Green Party says they want to start formal talks with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) on forming a three-way coalition government. Since national elections on September 26, both the SPD and the conservative CDU/CSU bloc of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel have been trying to convince the two smaller parties to join them in coalition. The statement of preference from the Greens for so-called “exploratory” coalition talks with the SPD marks a potentially important step towards forming a government. “This is what we are proposing to the FDP,…

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