Social Democrats (SPD) leader Martin Schulz follows a press conference after a meeting with Bavarian SPD parliamentary group at Irsee monastery in Irsee, southern Germany, on January 17, 2018. / AFP / CHRISTOF STACHE
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The leader of Germany's Social Democrats Friday urged members of his center-left party to endorse coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives or risk facing new elections that could further damage the party.A new poll by broadcaster ZDF showed that 64 percent of Germans -- and 75 percent of SPD members -- expect SPD delegates to approve further talks with Merkel's conservatives.The poll showed that only 45 percent of Germans were in favor of another grand coalition, although 68 percent of conservatives were in favor, and 57 percent of SPD members.The SPD would win just 20 percent of the vote, down three points from last week.
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