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A special conference of Germany's Sociald Democratic Party (SPD) has narrowly voted in favour of formal talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats to form a coalition government, 362 delegates voting for, 279 against and one abstaining.
Ahead of this weekend's elections in Tunisia, the interim finance minister has said the new government must push forward with a privatisation programme, which had been put on hold following the fall of former president al-Abidine Ben Ali. Tunisia's economy has been hit hard by January's revolution - with tourism, one of the country's most important sectors - seriously harmed.
Dossier: Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution
Campaigning opens ahead of historic Tunisian elections