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Reports: Germany's Social Democrats open to coalition talks

German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union, CDU, Angela Merkel, center in green, leaves Bellevue palace after she attends talks with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier about a new German government in Berlin, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Political talks on Thursday are aimed at breaking the impasse over the formation of a new coalition government. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
December 01, 2017 - 3:08 AM

BERLIN - German media are reporting that the Social Democratic Party is now open to entering preliminary coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc.

The dpa news agency reported Friday that Social Democrats' leader Martin Schulz signalled late Thursday at meetings with Merkel and the head of her party's Bavarian-only sister Christian Social Union, Horst Seehofer, that he was open to starting foundational talks to pave the way for formal coalition negotiations.

Schulz had ruled out forming a so-called grand coalition with Merkel's bloc following his party's disastrous showing in the Sept. 24 elections, but reversed course at the urging of President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Dpa reports Schulz, who plans a statement later Friday, will ask party members next week to endorse opening talks.

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