Cornered Merkel launches talks with SPD in bid to secure fourth term

Cornered Merkel launches talks with SPD in bid to secure fourth termBy Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) – More than three months after a German election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is still scrambling to form a new government and will on Sunday launch a five-day attempt to persuade the Social Democrats (SPD) to join a coalition with her conservatives. The SPD reluctantly agreed to exploratory talks and is playing hard-to-get. Enticing them to team up with her is Merkel’s best bet of forming a stable government and extending her 12-year tenure after her efforts to form an alliance with two smaller parties failed last year.



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