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SPD leadership recommends party back coalition…

SPD leadership recommends party back coalition… SPD leadership recommends party back coalition…
Patty Aguilar | 13 January, 2018, 03:15

The Christian Democrat Union of Chancellor, Angela Merkel (CDU), and social Democracy of Martin Schulz (SPD) Rush on Thursday night deadline set to decide wher option of forming a new grand coalition has a vision of thriving.

Even if the two sides decide they have the basis for coalition talks, such negotiations would require the approval of a Social Democrat congress on January 21, and the party's leadership will have to overcome strong reservations among members.

Social Democrat spokesman Serkan Agci told reporters outside his party's headquarters, where the talks took place, that there had been a "breakthrough" agreed upon by the party leaders but said final revisions were still being made on the document by negotiating teams, which would also need approval. At the same time, Ms. Merkel seemed to give up on the notion of limits on accepting more refugees; she said in 2015 that she wasn't quite sure if Germany's borders could still be protected as they once were.

September's inconclusive elections have meant that Germany has essentially been working as a minority government for four months. They grew when her first attempt at forging a new government collapsed in November.

"I walked into this house over 24 hours ago - then, I was not sure that it would succeed, and I was only sure that it was a pretty big mission", Merkel said at a press conference at SPD headquarter Willy-Brandt Haus on Friday after the talks.

Merkel, who is battling to form a new government to salvage her political future, had warned that it would be a "tough day" of talks.

Janes is optimistic that Merkel might be able to pull off a coalition not because of domestic issues, but because Germans are very "European-minded".

Hopes for a new government in Germany sent the euro and markets higher Friday on relief that the Europe's biggest economy might soon get stable leadership.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their prospective centre-left partners in government faced criticism onTuesday over their reported willingness to push back Germany's target for reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 2020.

Her poll numbers dropped overnight; while they have improved since, many in her party still blame her for leaving the door open to a right-wing backlash in the form of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, which siphoned votes away from the Christian Democrats in last year's election. The party's leader, Martin Schulz, envisions Germany as part of a "United States of Europe".

They also agreed on turning the ESM bailout mechanism into a full-blown European Monetary Fund under parliamentary control and anchored in EU law.

Now it's Merkel's last chance to form a majority government, this time in "grand coalition" with the socialists. But the SPD voter base no longer supports such a coalition, or, as party member Norbert Randzio put it, "Anyone who wants a grand coalition is digging a grave for the SPD".

But another participant in the talks said the two blocs were still struggling to find common ground on the most divisive issues - taxes, pensions, migration and healthcare.

The all-night session confirmed the doubts of leading SPD opponents to another grand coalition, who favour rebuilding their party in opposition.

"We will make clear in the last day of talks that a new government has to bring about a new departure for the European Union", he said. Many of Germany's global allies congratulated Merkel and the other governing coalition leaders.

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