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Germany faces uncertain political future as talks on new coalition government fail 

Germany faces uncertain political future as talks on new coalition government fail 

Germany faced an uncertain political future on Monday after the collapse of weeks of talks on forming a new government, with Chancellor Angela Merkel consulting the country's president amid the possibility of new elections.

Germany's Sept. 24 election produced an awkward result that left Merkel's two-party conservative bloc seeking a coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats and the traditionally left-leaning Greens. The combination of ideologically disparate parties hadn't been tried before in a national government, and came to nothing when the Free Democrats walked out of talks Sunday night.

Merkel said her conservatives had left "nothing untried to find a...

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