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Merkel's conservatives, center-left Social Democrats to begin exploratory talks on coalition
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, September 30, 2013 9:01 AM EDT
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and the left-leaning Social Democrats will begin exploratory talks this week on forming a new "grand coalition" following this month's national elections.
Her Union bloc will meet Friday with the second-place Social Democratic Party to discuss a grand coalition, which polls show is the preferred choice among German voters. Merkel's followers say they are also open to talks with the third-place Green Party but no meeting has been set.
A major issue standing in the way of a grand coalition is a proposed tax increases for high earners, which the conservatives oppose.