Germany watches as political parties begin post-vote coalition talks

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Germany’s main political parties – the centre-left SPD and the CDU/CSU conservative bloc – embarked on a series of talks on Sunday with a pair of other parties to see which can form a three-way coalition to lead Germany for the next legislative term. The meetings come a week after an election that saw the Social Democrats (SPD) emerge victorious and the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) suffer their worst-ever result. Despite the fact that the SPD won the largest vote share, each of the two parties can, in principle, only lead a coalition with the support of the environmentalist Greens and the pro…

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