Merkel and left pencil in third round of talks on coalition

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By Stephen Brown and Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) said early on Tuesday they were likely to hold a third round of talks later this week to explore the possibility of forming a coalition government. After eight hours of discussions, Hermann Groehe, second-in-command of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), said they had "protectively" agreed to meet again on Thursday to discuss reviving the 2005-2009 'grand coalition' with the SPD. ...