Merkel, left agree to third round of exploratory coalition talks


BERLIN, Oct 15 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel'sconservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to holda third round of talks on Thursday to explore the possibility offorming a coalition government, party sources told Reuters.

Merkel needs to find a partner for her third term after shewon September's election but fell short of an absolute majority.She meets the Greens for a second round of talks on Tuesday butis more likely to team up with the SPD, who came second.

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