German Chancellor Angela Merkel's
conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to hold
a third round of talks on Thursday to explore the possibility of
forming a coalition government, party sources told Reuters.
Merkel needs to find a partner for her third term after she
won September's election but fell short of an absolute majority.
She meets the Greens for a second round of talks on Tuesday but
is more likely to team up with the SPD, who came second.