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Merkel's Party, Greens Eye German State Alliance

Merkel's Party, Greens Eye German State Alliance

(AP) Merkel’s party, Greens eye German state alliance
BERLIN
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the environmentalist Greens will try to form a government together in one of Germany’s most prosperous regions _ a move that could expand the traditional foes’ future options nationwide.

A state election Sept. 22 in Hesse, which includes Frankfurt, produced no center-right or center-left majority. Merkel’s Christian Democrats emerged as the strongest party. On Saturday, a Green conference in Hesse voted to accept a conservative offer of coalition talks.

Germany’s national election, also Sept. 22, similarly failed to produce a majority for traditional alliances.

The Greens decided against negotiating to enter Merkel’s national government and the chancellor’s party is now in talks on a national “grand coalition” with the center-left Social Democrats. A successful alliance in Hesse could open more options after future national votes.

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