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Merkel enters final stretch in coalition-building marathon

German chancellor's CDU still needs to untangle key issues with rival SPD but a deal could finally be in sight

Mrs Merkel arriving at the SPD headquarters on Sunday in Berlin. The German chancellor's struggles to form a government have had consequences abroad with some now looking to Paris and youthful President Emmanuel Macron of France for leadership rather than to Berlin.


GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives entered coalition talks on Sunday with knotty issues still to untangle with their historic centre-left rivals, but a deal could finally be in sight.

More than four months after an election beating for both parties, "the

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