In a show of unity, German conservatives have presented their joint election platform. The CDU/CSU alliance wants to focus on jobs and social security.
The SPD leader has denied that his party has been "sulking" since its historically bad election result. The SPD, CDU and CSU are to meet on Wednesday for preliminary talks over a renewal of their "grand coalition."
Germany's Social Democrats face a dilemma. Should they form another grand coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives? Many in the party are skeptical. A conference in Berlin is supposed to provide answers.
Horst Seehofer, state premier of Bavaria, is set to step down, but will remain head of the CSU as part of a party compromise. Intra-party conflict has made coalition building in Berlin difficult.
German states led by parties in Angela Merkel's conservative Union have backed plans to begin deporting Syrians back to Syria starting in mid-2018. The proposal relates mainly to criminals and rejected asylum seekers.
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