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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to form her fourth government.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to form her fourth government after the opposition Social Democrats voted in favour of another grand coalition. The vote by 464,000 rank-and-file members ends five months of political deadlock since September's election. SPD voters approved continuing the coalition with 66 per cent in favour and 33 per cent against.  The Social Democrats had been split between the party's leadership, which backed joining the coalition, and its radical youth wing, which did not. Mrs Merkel, who has been in power for 12 years, congratulated the SPD.

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