Martin Schulz's social democrats offer Merkel a coalition lifeline

Gladys Abbott
November 27, 2017

Schulz had categorically ruled out another stint as junior coalition partner after four years of governing in Merkel's shadow led the Social Democrats to its worst result in decades in the September 24 election.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel walked back her earlier comments about fresh elections on Saturday, saying it was "simply wrong" to ask German to vote again.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected new elections and wanted to form a new government quickly, as a effect of the failed government coalition talks with the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens.

Perhaps Merkel's optimism that a coalition could still be salvaged from the September election was due to a change in tune from the SPD.

"But it smells like it (another grand coalition)", she said.

The youth wing of Merkel's conservatives raised pressure on the parties to get a deal done by Christmas.

The head of the group told the paper the conservatives should pursue a minority government if they fail to agree a deal with the SPD.

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Horst Seehofer, the Bavarian prime minister and head of the CSU, said an alliance with the SPD was "the best option for Germany".

Merkel is against going down that route because of its inherent instability, but pundits have said the conservatives and Greens could form a minority government with informal SPD support.

The decision will now fall to Germany's president Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has the power to dissolve parliament and call an election or encourage Mrs Merkel to carry on her negotiations.

Several prominent economists said they expect the SPD to wield significant influence in a new grand coalition.

A majority government would be possible under the so-called Grand Coalition, if CDU/CSU joined their 246 seats with the SPD's 193.

He too warned against making too many concessions to the SPD, urging the CDU to stand firm on stricter migration policies and its commitment to a balanced budget. "There will not be a grand coalition at any price", he said.

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