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Germany's Social Democrats agree to talks with Merkel

Peer Steinbrueck, candidate for chancellor of Germany's social democratic SPD party, addresses a press conference to present members of his competence team on May 13, 2013 in Berlin.

Peer Steinbrueck, candidate for chancellor of Germany's social democratic SPD party, addresses a press conference to present members of his competence team on May 13, 2013 in Berlin.  (AFP/File)

Germany's Social Democrats said Friday they will begin discussions with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats on forming a coalition government.

Despite a convincing election win, Merkel needs to form an alliance with either the Social Democratic Party or the Greens to ensure a majority in parliament.

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