Merkel’s conservatives strike tentative coalition deal with Social Democrats

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives reached a deal with the Social Democrats early Friday to a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations. If solidified, the agreement could end months of political uncertainty after Merkel’s party emerged from September elections without enough parliamentary seats to easily form a new government, which raised questions about how long Merkel could stay in her job. Merkel turned to the left-leaning Social Democrats to renew their “grand coalition” after talks on a three-way coalition with the Greens and Free Democrats failed. The conservatives and Social Democrats reportedly agreed not to raise taxes if they form an alliance.

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