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Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel has turned to the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) as she seeks to form a government after her first attempt to forge an alliance with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens failed.
Both the SPD and Merkel's conservative bloc want to raise investment in Germany, which has been without a government since an election in September that weakened both the conservatives and the SPD.
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(Reporting by Georg Merziger; writing by Joseph Nasr; editing by Jason Neely)
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