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Thursday 18 October 2018

German Social Democrats agree to hold Merkel coalition talks

Social Democratic Party chairman Martin Schulz hopes to hold talks next week
Social Democratic Party chairman Martin Schulz hopes to hold talks next week

Members of Germany's centre-left Social Democrats have agreed to open talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on whether to renew their governing coalition or at least support a minority government.

A party congress voted on Thursday to support a motion put forward by party leaders that called for talks on "whether and in what form" the Social Democrats can support a new government.

The Social Democrats initially insisted they would go into opposition after a disastrous election result in September, but leaders changed course after Mrs Merkel's talks with two smaller parties collapsed last month.

Party chairman Martin Schulz told delegates: "We don't have to govern at any price, but we also shouldn't want not to govern at any price."

Mr Schulz hopes to open talks next week.

AP

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