Merkel's conservatives and SPD agree to start coalition talks - newspaper

 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed at meeting with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday to start exploratory talks on forming another grand coalition, Bild newspaper reported on Friday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves after a joint meeting with Horst Seehofer, the head of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) and the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) Martin Schulz, hosted by the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in Schloss Bellevue in Berlin, Germany, November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
The newspaper said the participants - Merkel, her Bavarian ally Horst Seehofer and SPD leader Martin Schulz - had discussed various options for forming a government - from forming a grand coalition, setting up a minority government under Merkel and holding new elections. But they ultimately agreed to start talks about a re-run of the conservative ‘grand coalition’.
Merkel is casting around for a coalition partner after her centre-right bloc shed support to the far right in a Sept. 24 election. Her attempts to form a three-way tie-up with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens failed.
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