German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel, gives a talk during a regional party conference in her home state of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania. (AFP / dpa / Bernd Wüstneck)
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Chancellor Angela Merkel set her sights on forthcoming talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) as a path to forming a stable government in Germany and rejected new elections after three-way coalition talks collapsed last weekend.On Friday, the Social Democrats (SPD) reversed a previous decision and agreed to talk to Merkel, raising the possibility of an extension of the 'grand coalition' which has ruled Germany for the last four years, or a minority government.Addressing party members on Saturday, Merkel argued voters had given her conservatives a mandate to rule in a Sept. 24 election which handed her party the most parliamentary seats but limited coalition options.On Monday, Merkel had said she would prefer new elections to a minority government.
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