Germany’s biggest parties nervously await outcome of ‘citrus’ talks

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Germany’s search for a new coalition government has taken an extraordinary turn in the days after this weekend’s close-fought election, as the parties that came top of the polls have, for the moment, been shut out of coalition talks. Instead, two smaller parties, the Greens and the Free Democrats (FDP) have begun talks amongst themselves about their prospects of working together and, eventually, working with one of the top two to form a government. “The powerful citrus coalition is meeting,” reported the mass circulation Bild newspaper on Wednesday, accompanied by a picture of a lime and a lem…

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