Horst Seehofer, leader of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), addresses journalists during a meeting at the International Press Club of Munich on February 28, 2018. (Germany OUT
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The leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies, Horst Seehofer, said on Wednesday that Germany should hold new elections if members of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) voted against a new coalition with her conservative bloc.The conservatives, comprising Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Seehofer's Christian Social Union (CSU), only embarked on coalition talks with the SPD after negotiations with two smaller parties failed last November.The AfD overtook the SPD for the first time in an opinion poll earlier this month, when it scored 16 percent.
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