German acting Chancellor Angela Merkel poses for photographs after the television recording of her annual New Year's speech at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Dec. 30, 2017. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP)
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Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives resume on Wednesday drawn-out talks with Germany's second biggest party aimed at ending months of post-election stalemate and forming a coalition government.In the year's first such meeting, Merkel and her Bavarian ally Horst Seehofer were scheduled to talk with Martin Schulz, the leader of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), from about 1400 GMT.Merkel, in office for 12 years, won September 24 elections but fell short of a clear majority and has since been struggling to form a new coalition.
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