German chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for talks about a possible new coalition government in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)
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Key allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday downplayed reports about a crisis among parties in a potential coalition government, saying it was important to work out differences and reach a sustainable agreement.Merkel was due to meet with leaders of the other parties on Sunday to smooth the waters after last week's exploratory talks ran into trouble over immigration and climate policy.The chancellor, whose conservative alliance came first but lost seats in the Sept. 24 national election, is trying to forge a three-way coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and environmental Greens that is untested at a national level.Volker Kauder, parliamentary leader of the conservatives, told broadcaster ZDF that such meetings were not unusual, even once a coalition had been formed.
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