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>> Coalition talks that could save Angela Merkel's political career have been given the green light.>>
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]>> The German Chancellor's Conservatives and the Social Democrats, or SPD have agreed to launch formal negotiations. Party sources say they have a blueprint for a deal. But Reuters Andrea Shalal in Berlin says there's still plenty that can go wrong.
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>> So, the next big test will be on January 21st. So, SPD rank and file will vote whether to enter formal talks. That is a big test because there's a lot of opposition especially among young members of the Jusos and the leader of that group, Kevein Kuhnert, is going to embark on a tour that he calls the No GroKo, so No Great Grand Coalition Tour.
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>> Germany has been engulfed by months of political deadlock since last September's election. After that vote saw the SPD share slump, the party's leader vowed not to enter another so-called grand coalition. But when Merkel exhausted other coalition options, she returned to the Social Democrats. They might make for uncomfortable bedfellows.
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But Merkel's conservatives and the SPD have set out agreed policy areas in the economy, climate, Europe, and migration. But fear from more mainstream German parties, is failure to form a government could strengthen the hand of the right wing AFD.>>
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>> In September, they rode a wave of anti-migrant sentiment to become the third largest political force.
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Their gains denting brand Merkel.>> It gives her some breathing room, but there's a lot of discussion already within her own party about needing to start and initiate a succession plan. That's gonna be on agenda for her once she gets her government in place.>> Angela Merkel might manage to avoid another election.
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But she's unlikely to be able to stop the hunt for her successor.