Merkel urges compromise at start of tough coalition talks

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Al-Araby

Outgoing German chancellor Angela Merkel made an implicit call on politicians to overcome their differences on Sunday, as talks between parties to choose her successor got under way following last week’s close election. The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and their candidate Olaf Scholz narrowly won last Sunday’s vote on 25.7 percent. Merkel’s conservative CDU-CSU alliance plunged to an all-time low of 24.1 percent, as she prepares to leave the stage after 16 years in power. While the result leaves the SPD in pole position to form a government, conservative leader Armin Laschet has also vow…

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