Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) attends a news conference in the Bundespressekonferenz in Berlin, November 27, 2013. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the ... more 
Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) attends a news conference in the Bundespressekonferenz in Berlin, November 27, 2013. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) clinched a coalition deal early on Wednesday that puts Germany on track to have a new government in place by Christmas. The agreement was struck roughly two months after Merkel was the clear winner in national elections but fell short of a parliamentary majority, forcing her into talks with the arch-rival SPD, with whom she ruled in an awkward "grand coalition" during her first term as Chancellor from 2005-2009. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS) less 
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Wed, Nov 27, 2013 7:38 AM EST