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BERLIN (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the environmentalist Green Party have inked a deal to rule the central state of Hesse that includes the country's financial capital Frankfurt.
The coalition agreement signed Monday is the first between the two traditional political foes in a large German state.
It is seen as a test for a similar coalition at national level in the future.
A pact between Merkel's Christian Democrats and the left-leaning Greens in the city-state of Hamburg collapsed in 2010 after just two years.
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