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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Greens signed a deal Monday to form a ruling coalition in the wealthy state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, a union that could be a model for the national government after a 2017 election.Speculation about such a team forming at the federal level is likely to rise given that the Social Democrats (SPD) – currently junior partner in Merkel's national coalition – have slipped in polls, while surging support for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) may make it tougher for mainstream parties to form coalitions in future.For decades, the CDU and Greens looked like improbable partners.
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