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Weakened Merkel scrambles to form coalition government

All sides will in the coming weeks have to hammer out tough compromises on thorny topics from immigration to EU reform and climate policy

The delicate negotiations come as Mrs Merkel, who has long ruled as a presidential-style chancellor, is increasingly described as a lame-duck leader in her final term, past the zenith of her power.


GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel, weakened by poor election results, will seek to forge an unlikely governing coalition from a motley crew of parties that span the political spectrum.

Mrs Merkel's conservatives, who won a Sept 24 vote without a clear majority, will hold...

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