'Non-Negotiable' Demands Social Democrats OK Coalition Talks

Formal talks on a grand coalition between Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democratic Party are due to start Wednesday after an SPD conference on Sunday gave its blessing. But the talks could prove difficult, and the outcome will be put to an SPD membership ballot.  
SPD Chairman Sigmar Gabriel got the green light on Sunday for coalition talks with Merkel's conservatives.

SPD Chairman Sigmar Gabriel got the green light on Sunday for coalition talks with Merkel's conservatives.

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cro -- with wire reports