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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has held talks with SPD head Martin Schulz in an effort to break the country's political deadlock. SPD politicians have said there's no hurry to agree to another grand coalition.
Party leader Martin Schulz opened the event with an apology for the party's worst-ever election results. The SPD plans to hold a vote on entering preliminary talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU later in the day.
Even an acting government can rule, asserts the German Chancellery. But with each day that passes, it becomes increasingly clear that it's time to put together a new government, writes DW's Jens Thurau.
The rise of the far-right populist AfD in Germany has effectively shifted the political center in the opposite direction. The result is that the chancellor is now looking to parties on the left for potential allies.
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