Peripheral European bond yields narrow as Merkel forms 'grand coalition' with SPD

Months of talks between the parties

Tom Eckett
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and SPD leader Martin Schulz
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and SPD leader Martin Schulz

Southern European bond yields have narrowed after Chancellor Angela Merkel finally reached a coalition agreement "in principle" with Martin Schulz's pro-European Social Democrat (SPD) Party.

The announcement comes after months of talks between the two parties, and signals an end to the longest period without a government since World War II, after Merkel failed to secure an overall majority...

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