Germany’s budding coalition partners likely to move toward formal talks

BERLIN — The three political parties seeking to form the next German government signaled Tuesday that formal talks could start sooner than expected — a sign that the new coalition could be sworn in before year end.

Top deputies from the parties have been in exploratory talks for a potential “traffic light” coalition — with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party — since the weekend. In a press conference Tuesday, Michael Kellner of the Greens declared that “the amount of views we hold in common has grown, while the amount of differences has shrunk.”

While some issues remain difficult, the parties

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