German SPD seeks allies to replace Merkel-led coalition

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By Thomas Escritt and Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats were set on Monday to start the process of trying to form a government after they narrowly won their first national election since 2005 to end 16 years of conservative-led rule under Angela Merkel. The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) won 25.7% of the vote, ahead of 24.1% for Merkel’s CDU/CSU conservative bloc, according to provisional results. The Greens came in at 14.8% and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) were on 11.5%. The Social Democrats’ chancellor candidate, Olaf Scholz…

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