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Merkel and center-left rivals agree to recommend entering formal talks on new German gov't
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:19 AM EDT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and the center-left Social Democratic Party she defeated in last month's election have moved a decisive step closer to forming a new government.
The head of the Christian Social Union, Horst Seehofer, told reporters the talks could begin Wednesday — the day after Germany's new Parliament meets for the first time.
Merkel's bloc of the Christian Democrats and the Bavaria-only CSU won 41.5 percent of the vote in Sept. 22 elections but fell five seats short of a majority.
The Social Democrats won 25.7 percent of the vote.