Germany's SPD - Coalition with Merkel not automatic, all options open

Germany's SPD - Coalition with Merkel not automatic, all options open

Merkel's chief of staff Peter Altmaier has ruled out any forms of cooperation in parliament with the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) less than two weeks after the Free Democratic Party (FDP) pulled out of coalition talks and with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz saying he hasn't yet given the green light for a coalition with Merkel's conservative union and the allied Greens.

Schulz told reporters Friday that they'd agreed to keep their discussions confidential, but that he was now prepared to discuss with his party's leadership on Monday all options, including re-forming a grand coalition.

Other options apart from a grand coalition include a minority conservative government - which the SPD could support on a case-by-case basis, or fresh elections. It was their worst-ever election performance in post-war German history, and many Social Democrats blamed the compromises the party made as part of the grand coalition that has governed Germany for the past four years.

"The majority (of the SPD) is against a new grand coalition", she told the General-Anzeiger and Rhein-Zeitung newspapers in an interview to be published Saturday.

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The SPD will hold a party congress in Berlin on December 7-9, where it is expected to debate its options.

Merkel this week said she hoped to talk with the Social Democrats "in a serious, engaged, honest way and obviously with the intention of success".

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called the party leaders together after talks between Merkel's conservative bloc and two smaller parties to form a previously untried coalition collapsed. Schulz fronts a party which is split evenly down the middle on what he should do next.

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"We remain clear: the SPD's rejection of a continued grand coalition was mandatory and right", says the petition.

In particular, he said he would demand German support for Emmanuel Macron's proposals for a Brussels-based finance minister and single budget for the Eurozone.

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