Germany edges towards centre-left coalition as three-way talks agreed

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The Social Democrat (SPD) candidate to be Germany’s new chancellor, Olaf Scholz, expressed delight on Wednesday at planned three-way exploratory talks with the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens on forming a centre-left coalition government. Saying that Germans had given the SPD a mandate to form a government, Scholz warned that progress was at stake. Economic and industrial modernization and the fight against climate needed to be addressed, he said. “That is what we will now discuss with each other, and tomorrow we’ll get started.” Members of the centre-right CDU/CSU bloc – currently the sen…

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