German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party said it will start exploratory talks with the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) on Friday on forming a possible left-right \'grand coalition.\' Delegates for Merkel\'s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), which triumphed in September 22 elections, will meet with a six-member SPD team from 1100 GMT, the CDU headquarters confirmed Monday.
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