German chancellor Angela Merkel addresses media prior to a new round of coalition talks with the Social Democratic Party, in Berlin, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) battled Saturday to find solutions to disputes on healthcare and labor rules as they discuss forming a government more than four months after an election.The two parties aim to seal a deal on renewing the "grand coalition" that has governed Europe's largest economy since 2013 by the end of Sunday. Many of the SPD's 443,000 members -- who will get the chance to vote on any coalition deal -- would prefer their party to revamp itself in opposition rather than signing up to another alliance with Merkel after the SPD suffered its worst postwar election result in September.
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