German Social Democrats upbeat ahead of first formal coalition talks

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Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD), which emerged as the largest party after elections in September, expressed optimism ahead of the first formal round of coalition talks on Thursday with two smaller parties. “I’m going into the talks with great confidence,” SPD head Norbert Walter-Borjans on the way to the talks in Berlin with the Greens and the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP). Speaking to public radio Deutschlandfunk on Thursday, FDP secretary general Volker Wissing said however that should talks with the SDP break down, the FDP remained open to a centre-right coalition with the con…

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