December 15, 2017 / 1:25 PM / a year ago

Germany's Social Democrats agree to open talks with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leadership of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) accepted the recommendation of party leader Martin Schulz to begin exploratory talks on forming a government with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, an SPD source told Reuters.

Any final decision on supporting a Merkel-led government must be ratified by party members at a special congress.

Reporting By Holger Hansen, writing by Thomas Escritt, editing by Michelle Martin

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