German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a new conference after a board meeting of her Christian Democratic Union party at the headquarters in Berlin, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats geared up Monday for talks on renewing their alliance, as Germany's veteran leader warned that time is pressing as Europe faces a slew of challenges.After huddling with leaders of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin, Merkel told reporters that her party was ready to hold serious talks with the SPD to form Germany's next government.However, Schulz sounded a cautious tone, saying that party rank and file will still discuss "the complete range of possible options" during a congress next week, before deciding whether to open exploratory talks with Merkel's conservatives.As recently as last week, the SPD leader had stridently ruled out governing for another four years in Merkel's shadow.
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