Germany's SPD agrees to coalition talks with Merkel

 Germany's SPD agrees to coalition talks with Merkel

Germany’s Social Democrats have agreed to open exploratory talks on forming a government with Chancellor Angela Merkel, a party source said.

Leader Martin Schulz met party bosses and recommended that they should go back on a pledge to go into opposition after suffering heavy losses in September’s election, a source at the meeting said.

According to a source, they accepted his recommendation. Party members must still ratify any move to return to government, meaning talks with Merkel are still at least a month away, Reuters reported.

Forming a government could take longer still, even as much of the continent looks to Germany for leadership on euro zone governance reform and security policy.

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