Merkel nears choice of ally after four-week search

German Chancellor Angela Merkel moved toward picking her third-term ally as the opposition Social Democrats cited common ground in coalition talks.

15th October, 2013
German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel moved toward picking her third-term ally as the opposition Social Democrats cited common ground in coalition talks.

Merkel and her Christian Democratic bloc met SPD leaders for eight hours in the longest negotiations since German elections on September 22, breaking up after midnight before a second sounding-out session with the Greens starting at 5:00 pm in Berlin today.

“This is the week of clarity and it began well,” Alexander Dobrindt, chief negotiator for...

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