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German parties ‘close in on coalition deal’

The parties have reportedly achieved a breakthrough on the division of ministries.

Prospective partners in a new German government have taken an important step towards reaching a coalition agreement, according to the dpa news agency.

The report, which cited unnamed participants, said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, its Bavaria-only sister party the Christian Social Union and the centre-left Social Democrats achieved a breakthrough on the division of ministries.

It said that, following an all-night session, the three parties still have to work through a relatively short list of disagreements before reaching a final deal.

Any agreement will be submitted to a ballot of the Social Democrats’ members, a process that will take a few weeks.

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