Sunday, 21 January 2018

Germany's SPD to vote on coalition talks with Angela Merkel's conservatives

The fate of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the direction of European politics will become clearer after a vote by 600 members of Mrs Merkel's opposing party, the Social Democrats (SPD).
At a meeting in the former West German capital Bonn this afternoon, delegates from the SPD will vote on whether or not they think their centre-left party should enter into formal talks to form another Grand Coalition with Mrs Merkel's centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU) and its partner the Christian Social Union (CSU).

The grassroots delegates hold the key to the chancellory for Mrs Merkel. They will determine the political direction for Europe's strongest economy and the EU's most powerful member. Their choice will impact EU integration, Germany's global clout and the Brexit negotiations.

Calling for a 'yes' vote to coalition talks, Mrs Merkel said at a news conference alongside the French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday: "To act in Europe it is vital that Germany has a stable government.

"Germany and France can and should take the lead on many European questions and therefore I understand France's impatience for us to form a new government."

The leader of the SPD, Martin Schulz, also urged a 'yes' vote.

"If the party rejects a coalition it will lead to new elections, and fast," Mr Schulz said in an interview with Der Spiegel magazine.

"If the parties who represent a majority in the Bundestag (the German parliament) fail to form a government, they will be punished by voters."

SKY     News.

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