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New SPD leadership demands German coalition talks

The socialist coalition partner (SPD) of German chancellor Angela Merkel has asked for a renegotiation of the coalition agreement. The newly-elected co-leader of the Social Democrats (SPD), Norbert Walter-Borjans, said "if the coalition partner then takes an obstructive approach for these new tasks then you have to make a decision that it cannot continue." Defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) dismissed any renegotiation, and said the CDU stands by the coalition.

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