Coalition Talks Merkel's New Government Unlikely to Pursue Radical Reforms

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their new partners, the Free Democrats, could reach a coalition deal by the end of October. But it may not be easy. Tax cuts and burgeoning government debt could slow down the talks.
New partners: FDP leader Guido Westerwelle, likely to be Germany's next foreign minister, and Chancellor Angela Merkel in a post-election discussion on German TV on Sunday.

New partners: FDP leader Guido Westerwelle, likely to be Germany's next foreign minister, and Chancellor Angela Merkel in a post-election discussion on German TV on Sunday.

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Photo Gallery: Victory for Angela Merkel
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Photo Gallery: Victory for Angela Merkel

Graphics Gallery: Results of the German Election
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Graphics Gallery: Results of the German Election

Reporting by Severin Weiland, Philipp Wittrock and Christian Reiermann