Preparing to Govern Formal Coalition Talks Kick Off in Berlin

Official coalition talks began Wednesday in Berlin between Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democratic Party. Central topics include energy policy and the minimum wage -- as well as Germany's hotly debated European policy.
The new German government aims to be sworn in by Christmas.

The new German government aims to be sworn in by Christmas.

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chw -- with media reports