Merkel, center-left reach deal on new German gov't

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00 am

BERLIN (AP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives agreed Wednesday to form a new government with their traditional center-left rivals, a coalition that will shift Germany leftward but likely mean little change in Berlin's approach to Europe's debt crisis.

Merkel's Union bloc and the Social Democrats signed their deal to form a "grand coalition" of Germany's biggest parties after a 17-hour final round of talks capped weeks of wrangling following Sept. 22 elections.

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