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Why Germany Still Doesn’t Have A New Government 4 Months After Election

Four months after Germans went to the polls, the country still doesn’t have its new government in place, and Thursday may be the last chance for Chancellor Angela Merkel to strike a deal or face the prospect of a new election, CNN reports. A historically poor showing for Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in September’s vote has left the Chancellor scrambling to hammer out an agreement with the second largest party in parliament, the center-left Social Democrats SPD. Going into the final round of “exploratory talks” between the parties, Merkel appeared upbeat but admitted that there were still “major obstacles” to overcome. “We have done a lot of preparatory work but there are still…