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An awkward partnership might be the solution to Germany's political stalemate

An awkward partnership might be the solution to Germany's political stalemate

After an inconclusive fall election threatened to paralyze Germany’s leadership, the renewal of an uncomfortable right-left partnership could herald an end to what analysts had been calling the country’s worst post-war political crisis.

The center-left Social Democrats abruptly said Friday that they are open to forming a coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party.

The Social Democrats, or SPD, had reluctantly joined forces to support the conservatives to form a majority in parliament during eight of the last 12 years. Then this fall the SPD steadfastly refused to supply the needed backing for another four years under Merkel after suffering...

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