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Crisis-hit Social Democrats start ballot on grand coalition with Merkel

The SPD started a membership ballot Tuesday on whether to again govern under Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives after an opinion poll showed them trailing the far-right AfD for the first time.
The referendum for the 460,000 members of the crisis-hit SPD is the last hurdle for veteran leader Merkel as she seeks to launch a new government, five months after an inconclusive election.

If the rank-and-file of the 153-year-old labour party give the thumbs up -- with the results to be announced on March 4th -- Merkel is set to launch her fourth-term government within a few weeks.

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