Merkel, center-left reach deal on form­ing new gov­ern­ment

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BER­LIN | Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s con­ser­va­tive Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union agreed Wed­nes­day to form a gov­ern­ment with their tra­di­tional center-left ri­vals, the So­cial Democrats — a coali­tion that will shift Ger­many left­ward but likely mean no change in Ber­lin’s aim in Europe’s debt cri­sis.

A hur­dle re­mains be­fore Ms. Merkel can be sworn in for a third term: The So­cial Democrats are putting the agree­ment to a bal­lot of their 470,000 mem­bers, some of whom are skep­ti­cal about gov­ern­ing with the chan­cel­lor. The re­sult is ex­pected Dec. 14.

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