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Failure to form coalition creates political crisis in Germany

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany faced the greatest crisis of her career on Monday after negotiations to form a new government collapsed, shaking a country that is Europe’s political and economic anchor. The breakdown abruptly raised the prospect of new elections in Germany. It came less than two months after the last elections seemed to assure that Merkel, an icon of Western democracy and values, would remain Germany’s leader for a fourth term. The chancellor said she remained hopeful about forming a majority government. But if forced to choose, Merkel said, she would prefer to go through new elections rather than try to lead a minority government.

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