SPD and CDU/CSU Meet for Coalition Talks

(First and second row, L to R) Former chancellor candidate of German Social Democratic Party (SPD) Peer Steinbrueck, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, head of the SPD's parliamentary group, Manuela Schwesig, Labor Secretary in Mecklenburg-West Pommerania and deputy leader of the SPD, Sigmar Gabriel, chairman of the SPD, and Hannelore Kraft, prime minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, arrive for the first talks between the German Social Democrats (SPD) and the German Christian Democrats (CDU) over a potential coalition government, at the Parlamentarische Gesellschaft building on October 4, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The SPD and CDU are considering options for entering into a possible coalition government following recent federal elections that gave the CDU a strong win, but the latter is still in need of a coalition partner.
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