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In the end, German conservatives may be forced into torturous coalition haggling, possibly with their biggest campaign rivals, to stay in power and secure Chancellor Merkel a third term.

Germany passes new election law to help small parties

* Law is in response to court ruling * Parliament will be "more democratic", analyst says By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Germany's parliament approved a new election law on Thursday that will help smaller political parties in September's federal poll, when Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU) are tipped to remain the strongest force.
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