German parties meet for initial talks on forming coalition

From left: German chancellor Angela Merkel and head of the Christian Democrats, CDU, Bavarian governor and head of the Bavarian Christian Social Union party, CSU Horst Seehofer, Minister for Transport Alexander Dobrindt, CSU, and the faction leader of the Christian Parties Bloc Volker Kauder take a break during exploratory talks in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Merkel is meeting members of three smaller political parties to sound out their red lines ahead of formal talks on forging a coalition government. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)


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