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Merkel warns 'serious differences' still blocking coalition deal

Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Friday that Germany's top parties still had "very serious differences" to overcome ahead of next week's deadline for sealing a coalition deal. Heading into what she called the "decisive phase of the negotiations" on a new right-left "grand coalition", Merkel said her conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) would have to haggle down to the wire.
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