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Talks on creating German coalition government enter final round

The two sides set Sunday as a deadline to wrap up negotiations, though they have budgeted two extra days as a precaution.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats are embarking on what they hope is their last round of talks on forming a new German government, although the negotiations could take up to two more days.

The effort to put together a governing coalition is already post-World War II Germany’s longest, and will not finish with these talks.

A deal will require approval in a ballot of the Social Democrats’ members.

The two sides set Sunday as a deadline to wrap up negotiations, though they have budgeted two extra days as a precaution.

Senior Social Democrat Manuela Schwesig said on Sunday that “many questions remain open”.

She argued there is no point in pushing for a quick finish only to have party members ask a week later: “What nonsense did they negotiate?”

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