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Merkel Coalition Talks May Last Until December Amid SPD Demands

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany’s Social Democrats prepared to negotiate through the end of the year after the SPD laid down its demands for concessions before entering a government as junior partner.

The SPD approved starting coalition talks yesterday after the party identified “essential” conditions to Merkel’s Christian Democratic-led bloc, including a nationwide minimum wage. Leaders from both factions said the parties will probably negotiate through November with the goal of swearing in a “grand coalition” of the two largest parties by Christmas.