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Merkel closer to forming coalition

German agreement must undergo vote by Social Democrats

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Photographs by AP/MARKUS SCHREIBER

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democratic Party leader Martin Schulz arrive for a news conference Friday in Berlin regarding a possible deal for a coalition government.

The leaders of Germany's main establishment political parties emerged from overnight talks Friday morning with the outline of a possible coalition deal, bringing Europe's biggest economy a step closer to forming another government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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