German liberals press conservatives to say if they want to govern

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) pressed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives to say whether they really want to lead a new coalition government, ramping up pressure on its would-be ruling partners ahead of exploratory talks on Sunday. The conservatives’ chancellor candidate, Armin Laschet, has said he wants to form a government, even after his bloc of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) slumped to a record low result in last Sunday’s vote. But Laschet was undermined last week when the leader of the Bavarian CSU, Markus Soeder…

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