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Laschet Fights for German Chancellor Bid With Coalition Push

  • CDU chief sets up exploratory talks with FDP and Greens
  • Soeder to join Laschet amid tensions in conservative bloc
Armin Laschet

Armin Laschet

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Armin Laschet, the embattled head of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic party, will meet with potential coalition partners in the coming days as he fights for a chance to form a new government despite a crushing election defeat. 

A delegation from the conservative bloc, including the Bavarian CSU sister party, will meet on Sunday with the Free Democrats and on Tuesday with the Greens, CDU Secretary General Paul Ziemiak said at a press conference in Berlin on Thursday.