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1 Germany politics: The Social Democrats voted Sunday to enter coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, a key step toward ending political gridlock and forming a new government. Delegates of the center-left party voted 362-279 in favor of opening the negotiations. Ahead of the vote in Bonn, party leader Martin Schulz told delegates he would push for more concessions from Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union on labor, health and migration policies. Merkel’s attempts to form a coalition with two smaller parties failed.

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