Factbox: German coalition watch

Chancellor Angela Merkel led her conservatives to their best result in decades in a German election on September 22, but must still find a coalition partner to secure a third term. She is expected to turn first to the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), with whom she ruled between 2005 and 2009, but could also talk with the environmentalist Greens. Below are key coalition-related quotes from senior officials since the election, as well as areas of potential compromise on policy and personnel. …

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