Germans vote in close election to decide Merkel successor

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By Joseph Nasr and Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) -Germans went to the polls on Sunday in a national election too close to call, with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) mounting a strong challenge to retiring Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives. Merkel has been in power since 2005 but plans to step down after the election, making the vote an era-changing event to set the future course of Europe’s largest economy. A fractured electorate means that after the election, leading parties will sound each other out before embarking on more formal coalition negotiations h…

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