January 25, 2018 / 12:18 PM / in 5 months

German coalition negotiations to begin Friday: party sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - Negotiators from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc and the Social Democrats (SPD) will start formal negotiations on forming a new coalition government on Friday, party sources said.

Merkel and Horst Seehofer, who leads her Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) allies, will meet SPD leader Martin Schulz at 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) in Berlin, the sources said. Afterwards, a meeting of 15 politicians from the three parties is planned.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Paul Carrel

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