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Potential ally urges Merkel to give up finance ministry

The federal eagle is and the dome are pictured at the German federal parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The new German parliament will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 for the first time after the federal elections last month. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
October 17, 2017 - 2:57 AM

BERLIN - A key potential ally in Germany's next government is insisting that Chancellor Angela Merkel's party shouldn't keep the finance ministry because that gives her too much power.

Exploratory talks on a potential coalition of Merkel's conservatives, the pro-business Free Democrats and traditionally left-leaning Greens start this week. Merkel's current partners, the centre-left Social Democrats, vowed to go into opposition after last month's election.

Outgoing Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, a member of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, has been a powerful figure for the past eight years. He's leaving to become parliament speaker.

The Free Democrats' leader, Christian Lindner, told Tuesday's edition of the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that "anything would be better than keeping the chancellery and the finance ministry in the CDU's hands ... that has not stood the test."

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