Germany's SPD Leader Backs Talks with Merkel on Political Impasse

Germany's SPD Leader Backs Talks with Merkel on Political Impasse

The three party leaders discussed various options for forming a government, including a Merkel-led minority government, but they voiced scepticism about this option, said the party official who spoke on the condition of anonymity and on the condition the party not be named. "That's exactly what I will propose the party leadership on Monday", he said. Merkel's conservative bloc and the SPD lost support in that vote, while an anti-immigrant party surged into parliament, seriously complicating the coalition arithmetic.

The negotiations come in the wake of the "unprecedented" Germany's failure to form the so-called Jamaica coalition, paving the way for possible snap elections.

"The decisive question is what do we want to implement, what can we implement - for example in the renewal of the European Union", Schulz said.

The leader of Germany's Social Democratic party on Friday denied reports he had green-lighted talks about another "grand coalition" with Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats.

However the SPD is wary of continuing as a junior partner to Merkel since it suffered its worst result ever in September's election.

Mrs Merkel has been accused of trying to lead the whole of Europe from Germany
GettyMrs Merkel has been accused of trying to lead the whole of Europe from Germany

In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine, Schulz said the SPD backed French President Emmanuel Macron's call for closer eurozone integration, including a new finance minister for the currency bloc - ideas that face resistance from conservatives.

The meeting of the SPD's rank and file next Thursday will be a key date as Germany anxiously awaits signs of its next government.

On Friday, her party reiterated that stance, with the CDU's Klaus Schueler saying after a telephone conference of the party leadership: "The CDU is ready to hold serious talks with the SPD to build a stable government".

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

Germany's Bild newspaper and the news agencies Reuters and DPA reported earlier on Friday that a deal had been reached to pursue the grand coalition option. But for the SPD the situation isn't almost as clear.

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