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Germany's SPD, Greens and FDP want formal coalition talks - source

BERLIN, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Leaders from Germany's centre-left Social Democrats and two smaller parties will recommend to their party bases moving into formal coalition talks after holding successful exploratory talks, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Friday.

The Social Democrats (SPD), who came first in last month's election, the Greens and the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) had been holding exploratory talks on whether they had enough in common to form a government together. (Reporting by Holger Hansen Writing by Sarah Marsh Editing by Paul Carrel)