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BERLIN - Germany's liberal Free Democrats (FDP) set the stage for tough coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Greens, saying they would not agree to a deal that did not promise a change in the German government's direction.
"It is not up to us to form a 'Jamaica coalition' at any price," deputy party leader Wolfgang Kubicki told journalists on Monday, after Sunday's national election pointed to a three-way tie-up as the most straightforward possibility for a coalition.
FDP party leader Christian Lindner said that changes were needed in Germany's energy policy and its stance on euro zone fiscal policy.
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