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Chancellor Merkel does a deal with the SPD on forming a 'grand coalition'

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Chancellor Merkel does a deal with the SPD on forming a 'grand coalition'

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Marathon coalition talks appear to have produced a breakthrough between German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives (CDU) and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD).

The country’s two biggest political forces negotiated throughout Tuesday night in a bid to reach agreement on forming a “ grand coalition”.

It comes two months after Merkel’s election victory and if the SPD gets approval from party members it will enable her to form a government by Christmas.